Post-Christmas sales bring shopping surge

<p>Post-Christmas reductions have seen a surge in the number of people visiting the high street, with Monday (28th December) the busiest shopping day of 2009 so far.<br /><br />Footfall figures released by Synovate Retail Performance showed that the latest bank holiday was the busiest shopping day so far this year. The figures revealed the number of people shopping at non-food retail outlets was 1.2% higher than the previous busiest day of the year, 19th December.<br /><br />Synovate director of knowledge management Dr Tim Denison said: &quot;These latest figures confirm that the start to the winter sales has been an exceptionally busy one. It is very early days yet, but if these strong figures continue for the rest of the week, this final week of December (which continues up to Saturday 2nd January) could be the busiest of the whole year.&quot;</p><p>Conversely, the total shopper of numbers pre-Christmas were down on 2008. For the full week commencing 20th December, retail footfall levels were 8.1% lower than the previous week (w/c 13th December 2009) and showed a 14% drop against the corresponding week of 2008 (w/c 21st December 2008). </p>