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Calls for more support for island high streets after a disappointing December

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Retailers in the Channel Islands are calling for more support from the States to help keep the high streets alive.

Despite a 16% rise in footfall in the final days of December, the number of people shopping in the islands in the lead up to Christmas was down by as much as 8% week-on-week.

New figures also show that 2018 was the worst year on record for retailers in the UK.

It's thought to be down to a high costs, low consumer confidence and a shift to online shopping.

Shop owners in Jersey and Guernsey say they want more support from the States and that they would also like to see more events like the Christmas lights switch on, to keep drawing customers to the areas.

Jersey's Town Centre Manager, Daphne East, says the government can support the island's retail by re-evaluating rates for retailers in low footfall areas, having more data available and by investing more money in shopping events.

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