As non-essential retail shuts down in England but some shops, such as garden centres and those that sell a relatively small proportion of essential goods are allowed to stay open, some closed shops are crying foul.
A raft of major stores are extending opening hours in a final push for pre-lockdown sales ahead of Thursday's deadline, with non-essential retailers set to face £2 billion in lost pre-Christmas weekly sales.
Retailers enjoyed a brief but much-needed bounce ahead of Thursday’s new month-long lockdown in England, according to reports. Consumers headed out in force to shop before the blanket closure of ‘non-essential' stores.
On Friday, footfall tracker Springboard issued an embargoed release containing its Xmas footfall forecast. But on Sunday, it had to radically downgrade that forecast after Saturday's news of a new English lockdown.
The new coronavirus restrictions that came into effect in recent days had an immediate impact on retail footfall across the UK. There was a decline of 3.1% in the seven days to October 17, compared to the week before.