Britain's shops 'sought-after'

Britain is one of the world's most sought-after shopping destinations with an estimated 18 million foreign visitors spending £4.5 billion in its shops, new research has found.

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Survey: French tourists visit British shops the most

Of the 18 million overseas visitors shopping across the UK:

  • French visitors made 2 million trips
  • Germans visitors made 1.63 million trips
  • Americans visitors made 1.63 million trips
  • Irish visitors made 1.3 million trips
  • Spanish visitors made 1 million trips

VisitBritain found that Britain was rated above France and the same as Italy in terms of value for its shopping.

Nearly 70 per cent of female visitors visited the shops during their stay, with male figures also high at 70 per cent.

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