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UK shopper numbers up 2.3% in week to Dec 19 -Springboard data

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FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Total shopper numbers across British retail destinations rose 2.3% in the week to Dec. 19 compared to the previous week, reflecting Christmas demand, market researcher Springboard said on Monday.

It said shopper numbers, or footfall, rose by 6.2% in shopping centres and by 4.9% in retail parks, but declined in high streets across the UK by 0.8%.

Springboard said the introduction of more severe Tier 4 restrictions to try to curb a new faster spreading strain of COVID-19 meant footfall on Dec. 20 slumped 39.9% versus the previous Sunday.

The new restrictions forced all shops deemed "non-essential" in Tier 4 areas to close.

(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Kate Holton)