- Hard-pressed shoppers have cut back on non-essential items and are seeking out discounts.
- The wettest April and June on record have intensified these problems by keeping shoppers at home and dampening demand for summer clothes.
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Nearly 38,000 runners will hope to complete Sunday's London Marathon making it the biggest event in its 35-year history.
Rain across central Britain with longer, intense downpours with thunder in places this evening. A lucky few will stay sunny and dry.
Planning on going to the London Marathon tomorrow? Read our handy guide first!