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Christmas Eve trade slumps in British high streets over Omicron risk

Central London hardest hit as shoppers avoid crowds to ensure they can enjoy the Christmas period with family

The number of Christmas Eve shoppers in British city centres has slumped as people stay in to avoid the risk of being infected with the Omicron coronavirus variant, data suggests.

Central London was hardest hit, with footfall down 30% compared with Friday last week, and 48% compared with Christmas Eve in 2019, according to data covering morning trading from Springboard. Footfall also fell by 10% week on week in other cities.

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