Good Friday great for retailers

The New West End Company, which represents 600 retailers on Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street, reported increased sales figures over Easter, as shoppers took advantage of warm weather and extra holiday time. It said 2m shoppers flocked to the area during the first three days of the Easter weekend – up 4.1 per cent on Easter weekend last year. On Friday alone, 800,000 went shopping in the area, causing retailers to dub the day “Great Friday”. West End hotels reported a surge in family room bookings too, with both British visitors and out-of-towners taking advantage of the combined 11-day break bookended by Bank holidays.