Saturday setback for London stores


THE number of visitors to London stores plunged dramatically on Saturday as the anti-war march, the threat of terrorism and the closure of the Central Line kept would-be shoppers away from the capital. Retail monitor FootFall said there were 24.3% fewer shoppers than the previous Saturday and 23.3% fewer than the same Saturday a year before.

The figures come amid fears that the lengthy closure of the Central Line is costing Oxford Street stores tens of millions of pounds. FootFall marketing manager David Smyth said: 'This indicates that the hundreds of thousands of people who flocked to London on Saturday really did come to march, not shop.'