Retailers in London’s West End say the number of shoppers visiting their stores in February held up well in spite of the recession and the loss of four days’ trading to heavy snow. Footfall figures were down just 0.4% on last February, well ahead of the national average of a 7.8% year-on-year drop, according to data trackers Springboard.

The new West End Company, which promotes the district, said the figures were helped by domestic shoppers staying at home for the half-term holiday instead of travelling abroad, as well as a kick-start to clothing sales from London Fashion Week.

Financial Times