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Tough time for the High Street as shoppers switch online

It was a tough festive season for high street shops as shoppers switched to online sales.

The festive retail figures are continuing to reflect the growing trend towards buying online which is having an impact on many stores in shopping centres and on traditional High Streets.

Next has reported a sharp increase in online sales over Christmas while trading in its stores declined.

The retailer is traditionally seen as a good indicator of the general health of the High Street.

Click to watch a report from Chelmsford by ITV News correspondent Kevin Ashford

1,200 jobs created with new Co-op depot in Bedfordshire

Up to 1,200 jobs are set to be created when a new Co-op depot opens in Bedfordshire. Credit: Co-operative Group

More than a thousand new jobs look set to be created in Bedfordshire.

The Co-op has unveiled plans for a £45 million distribution centre near the A1 at Biggleswade.

Work on the site is expected to start next year and the depot should be open by early 2022. It could create 1,200 jobs

“The new site will extend capacity across our logistics network. This will help stores to better serve communities and support our ambitious growth plans across London, the South and South East.

"This is an exciting development, we believe a strong Co-op can create stronger communities and the investment is indicative of both the performance of the Co-op and the delivery of our food strategy.”

– Jo Whitfield, Retail CEO, Co-op
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