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Birmingham's larger German market 'boosts city footfall'

Birmingham's expanded German Market has attracted two million more shoppers to the city, the council says.

Retail Birmingham said footfall has gone up from 10.3m last year to 12.5m this year and the council said the larger market had "done its job".

The 200 stalls are closing after 37 days of trading. It began with 24 stalls in 2001 and is now the third largest German-themed market in world.

Corporate greed protesters pitched tents in Victoria Square in November.

The group, part of a protest movement which has spread from New York and Spain, relocated ahead of the market setting up on 17 November.

'Terrific' impact

Steve Hollingworth, from the city council, told BBC News the figures demonstrated that things had gone extremely well and were now looking ahead at next year.

"It has been terrific," he said. "We have well surpassed our figures from last year.

"We believe the footfall in the whole city is much higher so the market has done its job.

"It's brought new people into Birmingham.

"It's kept people in Birmingham so they come in, spend in market, in the shops and restaurants and stay overnight.

"So, the whole economic impact for Birmingham has been terrific."

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