Buyers have flocked to main streets and other retail destinations in some parts of the country more than others as foreclosure rules have been relaxed in England and Wales.

Across the UK, attendance was up 155.2% from the previous week – in part due to the wintry weather – numbers were still 15.9% below pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to Springboard data.

Diane Wehrle, director of insights at the firm, said: “The first day of the retail reopening was a surprisingly positive outcome and one that ultimately gave retailers some positive news.

“The sharp increase shows that consumer demand is higher than expected and shows that bricks and mortar still hold a key position in the retail industry.”

Retailers are desperate to see a recovery in trade after the sector cut 67,000 jobs last year and lockdowns cost £ 27bn in lost sales, industry estimates show.

Scenes of buyers queuing outside stores will have cheered those hoping for a rebound in trade, but none of the country’s regions have been able to return to 2019 levels.

Yet some have come closer than others. Here is a list of those regions that came closest to pre-COVID levels and those that stayed well below.

North and Yorkshire -0.8%

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Buyers line up in Liverpool. Pic: AP

East of England -4.6%

Buyers line up outside Primark in Norwich as England take another step back to normal with further easing of lockdown restrictions.  Photo date: Monday, April 12, 2021.
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Buyers line up outside Primark in Norwich

East Midlands -7.5%

Buyers walk past closing discount stores in Nottingham as England takes another step back to normal with further easing of lockdown restrictions.  Photo date: Monday, April 12, 2021.
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Shoppers walk past closing discount signs in Nottingham

South East -8.0%

South West -8.5%

West Midlands -9.3%

Early morning buyers at Primark in Birmingham as England take another step back to normal with further easing of lockdown restrictions.  Photo date: monday, april 12, 2021
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Buyers line up outside Primark in Birmingham

Wales -19.2%

Customers in Cardiff city center.  Photo date: Monday, April 12, 2021.
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Shoppers in Cardiff

Greater London -21.2%

A shopper walks through the store as Selfridges reopen on Oxford Street, London, as England takes another step back to normal with the further easing of lockdown restrictions.  Photo date: Monday, April 12, 2021.
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A client at Selfridges in London

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Source: news.sky.com
This notice was published: 2021-04-13 13:13:00