Glasgow 2014: High Street shopper numbers up during Games

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The number of shoppers on Scotland's high streets during the Commonwealth Games was up by 13.8% on the same period last year, retail figures show.

Host city Glasgow saw an increase of 21.9% over the same period and a hike of 36.4% over the two weeks prior to the Games.

Research agency Springboard expects a further boost in numbers to mirror the effects of the London 2012 Olympics.

Spokeswoman Diane Wehrle said: "Shoppers have been out in force."

She added: "Historically, major sporting events have had a positive impact on footfall and the Commonwealth Games has been no exception.

"Footfall across Scotland is up 13.8% year-on-year with Glasgow up 21.9% over the same period.

"Whilst footfall across High Streets has been unpredictable this year, the Games has triggered a strong uplift which we anticipate is set to continue in the coming weeks into the August bank holiday weekend."

Legacy effect

The London Olympics triggered a 1.3% increase in footfall over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2012.

Glasgow businesses are hopeful of a repeat next month.

Liz Cameron, executive member for jobs and the economy at Glasgow City Council, said: "We are thrilled that not only has our great city been showcased to the globe, but that our high streets have benefited from an influx of visitors.

"We are hopeful footfall will remain strong over the coming weeks as the legacy effect of the Games kicks in and look forward to a strong August bank holiday weekend on the horizon."

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