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Record month for Sunderland shopping centre

Sunderland's main shopping centre had its most successful Christmas on record, new figures show.

More than two million shoppers visited The Bridges in December - with 538,000 in the week up to 25 December - a 12% increase on 2009, its owners said.

Land Securities, which owns the complex, said severe weather conditions and fears over the economy failed to deter shoppers.

A £15m plan to expand the shopping centre was unveiled in September.

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