Numbers visiting shops in Wales highest in UK for April

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The number of people visiting shops in Wales rose faster than anywhere else in the UK last month, according to new figures.

The Welsh Retail Consortium said footfall grew by 4.5% in April compared to the same month last year.

But there was also an increase in empty stores - rising to 12.9%, up from 12.5% in January. The UK average was 9.3%.

The consortium said the results were "a mixed bag for Welsh retailers".

Numbers visiting the High Street in April were above the three-month average of 3.3% and the 12-month average of 1.3%.

Sara Jones, the consortium's head of policy and external affairs, said: "With shopper numbers rising across all destinations - high street, retail park and shopping centre - confidence will be growing amongst retailers.

"The Easter period will no doubt have had a positive impact, with shoppers making the most of the holiday period to visit Welsh stores."

She added that the "challenge" was ensuring footfall growth was "sustained and improved upon".

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