London’s West End experienced a 0.8% year on year drop of shoppers visiting its stores in October, but still out performed a national drop on the high street of 6.6%.

The New West End Company, the retail body for the West End, said despite the impact of the recession the West End had outperformed the rest of the UK for the past three years.

It also said that last weekend, the first weekend since Oxford Street and Regent Street’s Christmas lights were turned on by pop bands the Sugababes and McFly, saw an 11.6% increase in shoppers year on year, with 750,000 shoppers visiting the area.

Even yesterday’s constant drizzle did not deter shoppers, with Sunday providing the most popular shopping day for the West End this weekend with footfall up 17.4%,’ said Richard Dickinson, Chief Executive of New West End Company.

The London retail Consortium also released figures today indicating that retail sales in central London in October were down 1.8% compared to the previous year.

This compared with a national sales drop of 2.2%.