West End retailers enjoy jump in sales

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Retailers in London's West End saw a 3.4 per cent rise in sales last month, beating the result for the UK as a whole, according to figures from the New West End Company, which represents 600 retailers in the area.

The year-on-year rise in the district, which includes Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street, compares with a 0.3 per cent uplift seen across the country. Customers flocked to events such as Vogue's Fashion Night Out, which drove up footfall for retailers by 34 per cent. Food and beverage sales were also up, rising by 2.4 per cent last month, according to the Heart of London Business Alliance, which represents businesses in Leicester Square and Piccadilly.