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Easter boosted Edinburgh's retail sector

The higher footfall for shop owners over Easter has provided a much welcome boost for Edinburgh's retail sector and economy.

Retailers received a “flicker of hope” with the best shopping traffic since November, an industry body has said.

The March rate is better than the UK’s average decrease of 1.3%, data from the SRC-Sensormatic IQ shows.

The figures show improvements for Edinburgh, with footfall increasing 2.9% year-on-year, while Glasgow decreased by 1.8% – which was its best performance since July.

Shopping centre footfall generally decreased by 0.9% last month, 0.1 percentage points better than February.

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