The strong figures come as West End retailers and hoteliers voted to continue receiving the support of New West End Company, the management and promotional company for London’s West End on 14 December, guaranteeing the area a £25million boost over the next five years.
With footfall and sales progressively building as Christmas approaches, the next two weeks are key for retailers. Footfall in the West End for 8 and 9 December was up 16 per cent year-on-year.
John Lewis reported record sales last week and Fortnum and Mason reported a record 8 December.
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