Footfall down but Christmas sales holding up, say booksellers

Footfall down but Christmas sales holding up, say booksellers

Footfall into bookshops is down year-on-year in December, retailers have reported, but traders are holding their nerve, hopeful for a rush of sales in the last week to go before Christmas.

For the first two weeks of December, footfall on high streets and at retail parks and shopping centres across the UK  was down 4.9% year-on-year, with the dip blamed on bad weather and an increase in customers flocking online to buy instead, according to analysis from retail research firm Springboard. 

Booksellers have also reported a dive in footfall.

At Stanford's in London's Covent Garden, footfall ...

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