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Easter boosts London retailers

Retail sales in central London in March were 9.9% higher on a like-for-like basis than a year ago, when sales had risen 5.2% according to figures from the BRC.

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Easter boosts London retailers

Retail sales in central London in March were 9.9% higher on a like-for-like basis than a year ago, when sales had risen 5.2% according to figures from the BRC.

Good Friday and Easter Saturday falling in the March trading period this year but in April 2009 boosted the year-on-year comparison.

Retail footfall in March rose above its year-earlier level for the first time since October 2009. The earlier Easter holiday and several mid-season sales and promotions attracted shoppers into the capital.

Sterling's weakness continued to attract overseas visitors. London was also a popular destination for Europeans over the Easter holiday. Chinese visitors remained more numerous than a year ago.

Easter purchasing falling in March this year but April last year boosted food sales.

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