1. ITV Report

Record annual footfall for Manchester's Arndale centre

A record number of people visited Manchester Arndale on New Year's Day Photo: PA Images

Manchester Arndale, the UK’s largest inner-city shopping centre, has beaten its best-ever annual footfall total with over 41 million visitors in 2012.

The centre recorded a total of 41,377,255 visitors compared to last year’s total of 40,713,772, a 1.6% increase.

The traditional Boxing Day sales still proved to be a popular pull with 203,692 people visiting the centre compared to 191,733 the year before making it a 6.2% increase – the best-ever Boxing Day results in the centre’s history. Footfall figures also achieved record levels for New Year’s Day up 6.5%.

David Allinson, centre director, said: “Every week in December, footfall exceeded a million shoppers which has never happened before - a real achievement for us. We found more people left their Christmas shopping until later this year, with the week beginning 17 December being the busiest showing an increase of 13.2% visitors on the last year.”