Doncaster's Frenchgate enjoying buoyant sales

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RETAIL bosses at Doncaster's Frenchgate Centre are reporting an increase in shoppers over Christmas and the new year.

Footfall for the week starting on December 20 was 477,653, which compared with the 468,529 people who visited the centre the previous year over the same period.

And the total number of shoppers that visited the Frenchgate for the week commencing December 27 was 384,419 with a daily average of 54,917.

The figures have delighted managers at the indoor shopping mall.

A spokesman for the centre said: "With the current economic situation this is seen as a significant increase in overall footfall by managers at the centre.

"The stores in the Frenchgate started sales activity early - in between Christmas and new year - and are currently experiencing a buoyant sales period which they expect to continue throughout January."

The busiest day in the run up to Christmas turned out to be Thursday December 23, which saw 97,419 people visited the centre.

That represented a 23.8 per cent increase on last year when 78,663 people had been through the doors.

On Christmas Eve 81,464 shoppers visited the Frenchgate.

Boxing Day was also busy, with 39,038 people visiting the centre and on Monday December 27 - when Next launched its sale- the centre saw an increase of 3.1 per cent in footfall with 70,166 shoppers visiting the centre compared to 68,058 who visited the centre last year.

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