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22nd May 2019

We look ahead to the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival in July, catching up on new developments and previewing ranges some of our favourite companies will be unveiling in Harrogate

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High street suffering continues but out of towners prosper

The shops on the high street saw 1.2 per cent fewer customers in January but the out of town shopping centres saw their footfall rise by 1.5 per cent, reports Retail Week.

BRC director-general Helen Dickinson said: “More of us are happier to splash out on big-ticket items, particularly furniture, which we usually travel out of town to view and buy.”

She added that online shopping was another reason for the poor January performance. In the period between November 2014 and January 2015 the average footfall decline was 1.4 per cent.

The town centre vacancy in January was 10.4 per cent. She added: “Rising numbers of vacant shop units are still a cause for concern. We have welcomed the Government’s pledge to review business rates, however, in order to make a real difference the review will need to be wide in scope and seek radical solutions.”

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