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.
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.
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.
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.