High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April
08/04/2021 | news | business | 165
Analysts say rise in visitors to retail parks shows shoppers keen to return to physical shopping.
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08/04/2021 09:03:22 6 10
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"High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April"

And how many shops no longer exist to benefit from that?

The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector.
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08/04/2021 09:07:42 10 5
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"The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector".

Ever heard the word COVID-19 or even the word furlough?
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08/04/2021 09:09:52 6 1
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Not the government, it's people buying online only and local councils (all parties) with expensive parking charges.
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08/04/2021 09:25:18 7 1
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' tories have destroyed'. if you want a total non sequitur, why not 'martians have destroyed', ' weasels have destroyed' or 'wallpaper has destroyed'. i think i'll stick to covid as the principal cause.
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08/04/2021 09:03:22 6 10
bbc
"High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April"

And how many shops no longer exist to benefit from that?

The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector.
2
08/04/2021 09:07:42 10 5
bbc
"The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector".

Ever heard the word COVID-19 or even the word furlough?
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08/04/2021 09:15:45 3 6
bbc
The Tories could have done more to help shops.

After they shut them because of the pandemic.

And of course if they had closed the borders in time and stopped the virus getting in - like Australia and New Zealand - the shops would not have had to close and a lot more people would be alive today.
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Ian
08/04/2021 11:10:29 1 1
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Yes and it's the govt. reaction to covid that has done the real damage
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08/04/2021 09:07:59 2 3
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"High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April"

Ground breaking news.
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08/04/2021 09:08:55 8 4
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I have no doubt that there will be a rush to the shops just as soon as they open.
The problem will come after the initial thrill has worn off and all the old problems of opening hours, crowds, higher prices and surly staff will come back and remind purchasers that it was all a lot easier on the internet.
Shoppers were already starting to use shops as a viewing room before going online to buy.
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08/04/2021 09:44:22 10 0
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Many shoppers will br surprised to find how many of the shops they visited in the past have now closed completely.
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Dee
08/04/2021 15:41:46 0 0
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Agreed. I wonder how many eager shoppers there will be come September time when furlough & others schemes end.
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08/04/2021 09:03:22 6 10
bbc
"High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April"

And how many shops no longer exist to benefit from that?

The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector.
5
08/04/2021 09:09:52 6 1
bbc
Not the government, it's people buying online only and local councils (all parties) with expensive parking charges.
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08/04/2021 09:07:42 10 5
bbc
"The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector".

Ever heard the word COVID-19 or even the word furlough?
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08/04/2021 09:15:45 3 6
bbc
The Tories could have done more to help shops.

After they shut them because of the pandemic.

And of course if they had closed the borders in time and stopped the virus getting in - like Australia and New Zealand - the shops would not have had to close and a lot more people would be alive today.
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08/04/2021 10:20:03 3 1
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If the borders had been closed then the shops would have had nothing to sell, given how little of what we buy is actually produced in the UK.
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08/04/2021 09:21:35 15 5
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over the last year i've become an 'e-shopper'. i doubt i'll now go back, fully, to physical shops.
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08/04/2021 09:51:55 6 1
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Worth the occasional browse to see what's new. Online is great, but you only find what you search for!
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08/04/2021 09:57:27 4 1
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Online shopping is just a fancy new name for catalogue shopping, it's not new and was pioneered in Victorian times. Nothing beats actually seeing and handling something before you buy it, then you can decide if you want it there and then or buy exactly the same product online for potentially less money.
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08/04/2021 11:51:23 3 0
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no shopkeeper likes time wasters
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08/04/2021 09:22:55 10 9
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Covid didn't cause the shift to online shopping, it merely accelerated the ongoing process.

A short-term surge this month will simply delay the high street's lingering death.

After all, no one in their right mind wants either the high street hassle, the time wasting, or the travel expenses, when they could be ordering goods from their cosy armchair with a nice cup of tea.
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08/04/2021 09:34:00 5 3
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Sorry to burst your online bubble, but people will still like to go to the shops and try before they buy.
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08/04/2021 09:03:22 6 10
bbc
"High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April"

And how many shops no longer exist to benefit from that?

The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector.
9
08/04/2021 09:25:18 7 1
bbc
' tories have destroyed'. if you want a total non sequitur, why not 'martians have destroyed', ' weasels have destroyed' or 'wallpaper has destroyed'. i think i'll stick to covid as the principal cause.
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08/04/2021 09:31:41 1 5
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The Tories shut the shops and some of the shops have shut down for good because they could not trade and have not had enough government support to survive while they are closed.

That's accurate.

Just because you use a little Latin phrase it doesn't make you right.
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08/04/2021 09:25:18 7 1
bbc
' tories have destroyed'. if you want a total non sequitur, why not 'martians have destroyed', ' weasels have destroyed' or 'wallpaper has destroyed'. i think i'll stick to covid as the principal cause.
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08/04/2021 09:31:41 1 5
bbc
The Tories shut the shops and some of the shops have shut down for good because they could not trade and have not had enough government support to survive while they are closed.

That's accurate.

Just because you use a little Latin phrase it doesn't make you right.
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08/04/2021 09:35:08 3 1
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lingua franca or not, i am right.
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08/04/2021 09:35:33 2 1
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"Just because you use a little Latin phrase it doesn't make you right."

It does.
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08/04/2021 09:46:31 4 1
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Arcadia shops were trading, going downhill and attracting fewer customers. They were on the brink before lockdown. Why bring party politics into this, it was companies own fault they failed, not politicians'.
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Dee
08/04/2021 16:05:17 1 1
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The government, along with other governments around the world, had no choice but to close non-essential retail to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Most of the shops in my area were happy with the government aid response. Some of the shops closed for good because their problems existed pre-Covid.
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08/04/2021 09:22:55 10 9
bbc
Covid didn't cause the shift to online shopping, it merely accelerated the ongoing process.

A short-term surge this month will simply delay the high street's lingering death.

After all, no one in their right mind wants either the high street hassle, the time wasting, or the travel expenses, when they could be ordering goods from their cosy armchair with a nice cup of tea.
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08/04/2021 09:34:00 5 3
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Sorry to burst your online bubble, but people will still like to go to the shops and try before they buy.
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Ant
08/04/2021 09:42:48 3 2
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You can try before you buy online, as most things are covered by the distance selling regulations, meaning you can send it back for a full refund if you don't want it.
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08/04/2021 09:50:51 1 1
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I only visit M&S to return stuff I bought online which was two sizes smaller than the item I am wearing bearing the same M&S size label. Try by all means, but if you are buying a different colour it won't necessarily be the same size! Quality control was thrown out of the window years ago.
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08/04/2021 09:31:41 1 5
bbc
The Tories shut the shops and some of the shops have shut down for good because they could not trade and have not had enough government support to survive while they are closed.

That's accurate.

Just because you use a little Latin phrase it doesn't make you right.
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08/04/2021 09:35:08 3 1
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lingua franca or not, i am right.
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08/04/2021 10:20:57 3 1
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Hah! Nice retort! Owned!
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08/04/2021 09:35:08 11 2
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Surely it will be 100% as they are closed at the moment, very slow news day stating the obvious.
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08/04/2021 09:39:32 2 12
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Online sales sweetie.............................??
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08/04/2021 10:21:21 1 0
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Infinity percent, starting from zero as they are now, anything more than zero divided by zero is infinity!
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09/04/2021 10:29:26 0 0
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Maths not your strong point

100% of zero is still zero.

The is no % to describe an increase from zero!

But then again not all high street shops have been shut so the starting point isn't zero so your post is wrong on those points but I will give you it must be a slow news day!

:)
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08/04/2021 09:31:41 1 5
bbc
The Tories shut the shops and some of the shops have shut down for good because they could not trade and have not had enough government support to survive while they are closed.

That's accurate.

Just because you use a little Latin phrase it doesn't make you right.
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08/04/2021 09:35:33 2 1
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"Just because you use a little Latin phrase it doesn't make you right."

It does.
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P2
08/04/2021 09:38:28 25 2
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Oooh yeah, I’ll go and camp outside primarni now! Can’t wait to traipse around the shops for stuff I don’t need with money I don’t have!
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08/04/2021 09:48:01 12 3
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Can't wait to fight my way home after finding nothing in my size or colour, or the model I havae researched.
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Dee
08/04/2021 15:36:36 0 0
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They will be open until 10pm every day so I doubt you need to camp outside.
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08/04/2021 09:40:00 12 7
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A stampede of sheep. Who'd have guessed it?
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08/04/2021 09:38:44 1 4
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Fantastic!!!!

Hope you will all be there.....................
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08/04/2021 09:41:28 1 2
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Its Rishi boom time!
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08/04/2021 09:34:00 5 3
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Sorry to burst your online bubble, but people will still like to go to the shops and try before they buy.
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Ant
08/04/2021 09:42:48 3 2
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You can try before you buy online, as most things are covered by the distance selling regulations, meaning you can send it back for a full refund if you don't want it.
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08/04/2021 09:42:53 8 2
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Is this saying older customers will be most keen to spend? Sad, as we are usually completely invisible in shops.
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08/04/2021 09:08:55 8 4
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I have no doubt that there will be a rush to the shops just as soon as they open.
The problem will come after the initial thrill has worn off and all the old problems of opening hours, crowds, higher prices and surly staff will come back and remind purchasers that it was all a lot easier on the internet.
Shoppers were already starting to use shops as a viewing room before going online to buy.
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08/04/2021 09:44:22 10 0
bbc
Many shoppers will br surprised to find how many of the shops they visited in the past have now closed completely.
10
08/04/2021 09:31:41 1 5
bbc
The Tories shut the shops and some of the shops have shut down for good because they could not trade and have not had enough government support to survive while they are closed.

That's accurate.

Just because you use a little Latin phrase it doesn't make you right.
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08/04/2021 09:46:31 4 1
bbc
Arcadia shops were trading, going downhill and attracting fewer customers. They were on the brink before lockdown. Why bring party politics into this, it was companies own fault they failed, not politicians'.
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08/04/2021 10:39:24 1 0
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In Australia during the pandemic....

"Even with the large fall in spending in December we spent $30.3bn in the shops – around 6% more than would have been expected going by the past five years:"

https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/jan/26/australias-recession-is-weird-and-wacky-but-not-our-worst

i.e. Australia's shops have done OK during the pandemic.
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08/04/2021 09:47:44 7 2
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Headline: "High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April"

With pent up demand + large discounts, it's a no brainer!!! Especially as people are being discouraged from booking oversees holidays, the high street has an open goal to shoot at!??
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Ant
08/04/2021 09:47:52 4 4
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Online businesses will always be able to defeat high street businesses on two of the main drivers of purchases. Price and convenience.

Online businesses have lower (relatively) staff overheads and lower (relatively) real estate costs, this allows their prices to be lower, and having something delivered to your door is significantly more convenient than transporting it yourself.
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Dee
08/04/2021 15:55:52 0 0
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Agreed. However, you have no way of knowing about the quality of an item or an unfamiliar brand unless you see it in person. This is why Amazon has not done so well in fashion.
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P2
08/04/2021 09:38:28 25 2
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Oooh yeah, I’ll go and camp outside primarni now! Can’t wait to traipse around the shops for stuff I don’t need with money I don’t have!
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08/04/2021 09:48:01 12 3
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Can't wait to fight my way home after finding nothing in my size or colour, or the model I havae researched.
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08/04/2021 09:34:00 5 3
bbc
Sorry to burst your online bubble, but people will still like to go to the shops and try before they buy.
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08/04/2021 09:50:51 1 1
bbc
I only visit M&S to return stuff I bought online which was two sizes smaller than the item I am wearing bearing the same M&S size label. Try by all means, but if you are buying a different colour it won't necessarily be the same size! Quality control was thrown out of the window years ago.
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08/04/2021 09:21:35 15 5
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over the last year i've become an 'e-shopper'. i doubt i'll now go back, fully, to physical shops.
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08/04/2021 09:51:55 6 1
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Worth the occasional browse to see what's new. Online is great, but you only find what you search for!
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08/04/2021 09:52:48 10 1
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Lots of things I need to shop for which I don't want to buy on line without sitting on (sofa) trying on (shoes + sandals) or at least seeing before I buy.
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08/04/2021 09:35:08 11 2
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Surely it will be 100% as they are closed at the moment, very slow news day stating the obvious.
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08/04/2021 09:39:32 2 12
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Online sales sweetie.............................??
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08/04/2021 11:21:48 4 0
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The headline very clearly says "high street sales", not shops or stores dearie......??
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08/04/2021 11:42:19 1 0
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absolutely not , online or shop , i must stay away from those sweeties, so bad for my teeth.
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08/04/2021 09:21:35 15 5
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over the last year i've become an 'e-shopper'. i doubt i'll now go back, fully, to physical shops.
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08/04/2021 09:57:27 4 1
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Online shopping is just a fancy new name for catalogue shopping, it's not new and was pioneered in Victorian times. Nothing beats actually seeing and handling something before you buy it, then you can decide if you want it there and then or buy exactly the same product online for potentially less money.
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08/04/2021 11:55:14 2 0
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thats right use and abuse those shopekeepers, handle their goods , pick their brains, and go online lets face it, there only there for fun,
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08/04/2021 10:05:43 29 1
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I won't join the rush on the 12th April, but will look forward to 'trying before buying' a little later on. It's then an instant 'yes, it fits, I like it' or 'no, not for me'.

With online you buy, wait for delivery, try and keep or if unsuitable, return and wait for refund - it's such a faff.

To have the choice of shopping either way, so suit your individual preference is great.
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08/04/2021 13:00:03 4 6
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I agree with you that online buying us a faff but please do rush out on the 12th and start contributing to the economy. Many small businesses are relying on it to stay afloat.
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08/04/2021 09:15:45 3 6
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The Tories could have done more to help shops.

After they shut them because of the pandemic.

And of course if they had closed the borders in time and stopped the virus getting in - like Australia and New Zealand - the shops would not have had to close and a lot more people would be alive today.
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08/04/2021 10:20:03 3 1
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If the borders had been closed then the shops would have had nothing to sell, given how little of what we buy is actually produced in the UK.
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08/04/2021 10:52:18 1 0
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Australia and New Zealand still let supplies in, just no non essential international travellers such as tourists.

So that one doesn't fly.
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08/04/2021 09:35:08 3 1
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lingua franca or not, i am right.
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08/04/2021 10:20:57 3 1
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Hah! Nice retort! Owned!
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08/04/2021 10:06:29 4 7
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The usual HYS guff from folks who rarely venture out anyway............

I'll be helping the economy and business. There will lots of pent up demand.
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08/04/2021 11:22:48 3 1
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Pent up demand for what?
A new suit? - I'm working from home
A new dress shirt? - the pubs are shut
Beachwear? - we can't go on holiday
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08/04/2021 09:35:08 11 2
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Surely it will be 100% as they are closed at the moment, very slow news day stating the obvious.
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08/04/2021 10:21:21 1 0
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Infinity percent, starting from zero as they are now, anything more than zero divided by zero is infinity!
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08/04/2021 10:22:17 60 4
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I don't know about anyone else here, but i have no "pent up" desire to rush out and splurge all the cash i've been saving over the last 12 months.

Break the cycle, you probably don't need "it" after all
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08/04/2021 10:58:14 15 1
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You can't come on HYS and spout heresy like that.
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08/04/2021 12:58:28 4 7
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Luckily everyone isn't quite as selfish as you so many people will be going out on Apr 12th to support local businesses.

I know I will and I've a table booked at my local that evening.
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08/04/2021 14:53:41 2 0
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Over the last 12 months, I've worn out my trainers, boots and shoes. Much as I detest shopping, I'm going to a shoe shop.
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08/04/2021 16:06:55 3 1
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You live your life how you want to and let others live theirs.
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09/04/2021 08:10:09 1 1
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"you probably don't need "it" after all"

So, you want us all to live in a grey, misreable world, where we can only have what someone else decides we need?

I won't be rushing out to join the crowds on Monday, but I do intend to spend what I've been saving over the years at work on stuff I -want-, not what some misreable bleep on an HYS thinks I need...
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08/04/2021 10:22:29 16 10
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This is not NEWS it is speculation and therefore FAKE NEWS!

Come on BBC try to report real news.
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08/04/2021 10:28:26 11 1
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Seriously, this is the level "News" is at, i suggest you find another channel ;)
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09/04/2021 10:36:49 0 0
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I think you need to look at the definition of FAKE NEWS.

You are correct that this speculation.
It is someone's forecast that they are reporting on.
So speculation can still be classed as newsworthy.
They are not presenting this as fact therefore it is not fake news.

I fully support your wish that the BBC report factual news but if it only did that it couldn't give you a weather forecast!
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08/04/2021 10:27:48 72 4
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People say the High Street is being killed by covid & the internet.

Guess what our local council did during the last two lockdowns.

First they made the pay & display free parking - Good idea, machines hard to sanitise....

Then they installed new machines and put the price of parking up, presumably to pay for these new machines.

Whose killing the High Street? Councils.
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08/04/2021 11:52:56 37 2
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And to pay the high salaries that the top council staff get.
90
08/04/2021 12:27:50 5 1
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Puting money in Icelandic banks instead planting TREES PLANTS improving UK environment as well paying staff stupid money who then take foreign holidays

Councils and there workers seem hate the UK not help improve it.
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UJ
09/04/2021 06:32:18 1 1
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Correct, bus and taxi lanes restricting traffic. cycle lanes stopping traffic.
town centre parking difficult and expensive. high business rates shutting shops.
council cries crocodile tears over the poor high st.
but can pay council bods £100K and throw money away on vanity projects.
you can pay increasing council Tax, but are probably not one of the chosen few
to have money spent on you.
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08/04/2021 10:22:29 16 10
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This is not NEWS it is speculation and therefore FAKE NEWS!

Come on BBC try to report real news.
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08/04/2021 10:28:26 11 1
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Seriously, this is the level "News" is at, i suggest you find another channel ;)
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08/04/2021 10:38:20 5 5
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Just a shame John Lewis couldn’t wait.

They would also pick up trade from Debenhams and House of Fraser.

John Lewis have made a big mistake pulling out of Sheffield, York, Aberdeen and other places.
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08/04/2021 11:09:41 6 3
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You obviously know more about running a major business than the current Chief Exec or the Board. I hope you have offered them your services.
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08/04/2021 11:23:08 1 1
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Why don't you take over their old shops and show them how it's done? Good luck.
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08/04/2021 11:42:34 1 3
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John Lewis and their staff are so up themselves i am surprised they are still in business.
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Dee
08/04/2021 15:52:18 0 0
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I don’t think so. Their problems in these locations existed pre-COVID. John Lewis couldn’t afford to keep big stores open in those areas which only act as showrooms for internet buyers. The only place they should have kept open is Birmingham & should have shut Brent Cross & Westfield Stratford instead.
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08/04/2021 09:46:31 4 1
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Arcadia shops were trading, going downhill and attracting fewer customers. They were on the brink before lockdown. Why bring party politics into this, it was companies own fault they failed, not politicians'.
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08/04/2021 10:39:24 1 0
bbc
In Australia during the pandemic....

"Even with the large fall in spending in December we spent $30.3bn in the shops – around 6% more than would have been expected going by the past five years:"

https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/jan/26/australias-recession-is-weird-and-wacky-but-not-our-worst

i.e. Australia's shops have done OK during the pandemic.
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08/04/2021 10:39:54 26 4
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A period of free parking should be a key component of any town or city's strategy to revive footfall post covid restrictions.
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08/04/2021 11:21:42 5 16
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Why?
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08/04/2021 11:41:37 4 0
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Pigs might fly i suspect like all the new cameras for speeding which have been put up during lockdown last year (how did they do that?) There will be more fees for using cars and it will only get worse.
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08/04/2021 10:37:30 5 0
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Yay! Whatever, I'll be in my office all day on Monday, just like every other day. I might go on Amazon in my lunch break and order something, but I doubt it.
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08/04/2021 10:40:11 10 11
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I won't visit any shops until mask wearing is dropped. I've been "vaccinated" so the only people at "risk" are the cretins who refuse to be "vaccinated", so masks should now be irrelevant.
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08/04/2021 11:07:32 4 9
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Enjoy your exile. Mask wearing will be here for quite a few months yet
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08/04/2021 11:15:13 2 4
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We will be wearing masks for at least another year,and rightly so.
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08/04/2021 11:17:11 3 4
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I'm sure you'll be missed... Peter who???
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08/04/2021 11:20:03 3 2
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We're with you on that. Until life returns to normal then what is the point of buying new "stuff".
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08/04/2021 11:37:24 2 1
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You are aware that many people have yet to be vaccinated (there is a bit of a queue), or cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons, arent you? Or are they all “cretins” as well?
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Tom
08/04/2021 11:40:20 1 0
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I haven’t been offered it yet, probably won’t for a few months
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08/04/2021 10:20:03 3 1
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If the borders had been closed then the shops would have had nothing to sell, given how little of what we buy is actually produced in the UK.
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08/04/2021 10:52:18 1 0
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Australia and New Zealand still let supplies in, just no non essential international travellers such as tourists.

So that one doesn't fly.
Odious johnson is concerned about violence in NI Removed
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08/04/2021 11:06:54 2 0
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your point being????
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08/04/2021 11:14:22 0 1
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Who ishe? Not about great leader!
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08/04/2021 10:22:17 60 4
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I don't know about anyone else here, but i have no "pent up" desire to rush out and splurge all the cash i've been saving over the last 12 months.

Break the cycle, you probably don't need "it" after all
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08/04/2021 10:58:14 15 1
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You can't come on HYS and spout heresy like that.
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08/04/2021 11:01:34 23 7
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what a pointless headline. where's the BBC fact checking on this? Is this a news story or a mystic meg outlet
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09/04/2021 10:50:45 0 0
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They have a new DG who just happens to be a Tory funder. Therefore 'news' is not important getting people to rush out like they did or 'eat out to help out' does (remember what happened next!)
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08/04/2021 11:06:28 6 1
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Such a shame these "experts" always refer to % increase/fall. With such an exceptional past 12 months massive % swings in almost everything are inevitable. Closed shops will have had a very low sales base for the last year so any increase is likely to be huge in % terms but not necessarily in £ terms. A 100% increase in a very small number still gives you a very small number
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08/04/2021 11:39:42 7 1
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Experts and analysts what a waste of money they all, are and to top it off they think they are so valuable and important!
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08/04/2021 12:03:55 0 0
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The % statistic is the important one, it would be pretty pointless saying "100 less" as there's still no baseline.

What reporters seem to be missing though, is that comparing retail to anything in the Covid/lockdown era is pretty pointless as you're comparing to an exception, not the norm... we should be comparing to this period in 2019 to gain meaningful insights
Odious johnson is concerned about violence in NI Removed
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08/04/2021 11:06:54 2 0
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your point being????
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08/04/2021 10:40:11 10 11
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I won't visit any shops until mask wearing is dropped. I've been "vaccinated" so the only people at "risk" are the cretins who refuse to be "vaccinated", so masks should now be irrelevant.
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08/04/2021 11:07:32 4 9
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Enjoy your exile. Mask wearing will be here for quite a few months yet
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08/04/2021 10:38:20 5 5
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Just a shame John Lewis couldn’t wait.

They would also pick up trade from Debenhams and House of Fraser.

John Lewis have made a big mistake pulling out of Sheffield, York, Aberdeen and other places.
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08/04/2021 11:09:41 6 3
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You obviously know more about running a major business than the current Chief Exec or the Board. I hope you have offered them your services.
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08/04/2021 12:58:44 1 0
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They should put the interests of retaining their staff and their 174-year service to customers in Sheffield above retaining Brownsea Island.
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08/04/2021 11:09:49 2 1
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100% surge would be preferable, really. That would bring it back to average pre-covid levels.
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08/04/2021 11:16:39 4 0
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100% increase still would not do it. That would imply that current high street retail sales were at 50% of the pre-pandemic - they are no where near that.
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08/04/2021 11:38:48 1 0
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yep thats common sense not headline grabbing statistics from analysts who quite frankly do not have a clue and have proved that time and time again over the few years.
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08/04/2021 09:07:42 10 5
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"The Tories have destroyed a large part of the retail sector".

Ever heard the word COVID-19 or even the word furlough?
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Ian
08/04/2021 11:10:29 1 1
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Yes and it's the govt. reaction to covid that has done the real damage
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08/04/2021 11:14:22 0 1
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Who ishe? Not about great leader!
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08/04/2021 10:40:11 10 11
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I won't visit any shops until mask wearing is dropped. I've been "vaccinated" so the only people at "risk" are the cretins who refuse to be "vaccinated", so masks should now be irrelevant.
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08/04/2021 11:15:13 2 4
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We will be wearing masks for at least another year,and rightly so.
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08/04/2021 11:24:23 2 1
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You may be - your choice
We wont be - our choice
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08/04/2021 11:09:49 2 1
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100% surge would be preferable, really. That would bring it back to average pre-covid levels.
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08/04/2021 11:16:39 4 0
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100% increase still would not do it. That would imply that current high street retail sales were at 50% of the pre-pandemic - they are no where near that.
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08/04/2021 10:40:11 10 11
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I won't visit any shops until mask wearing is dropped. I've been "vaccinated" so the only people at "risk" are the cretins who refuse to be "vaccinated", so masks should now be irrelevant.
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08/04/2021 11:17:11 3 4
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I'm sure you'll be missed... Peter who???
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08/04/2021 11:18:41 3 1
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Consumer will not be making fashion puchases until they have an oportunity to wear them. If people are still not able to go in to pubs, night clubs, resturants, holidays then why would they be buying new clothes?
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08/04/2021 13:08:51 2 1
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Why do people buy new clothes to go out in? Weird behaviour that perhaps has been grown out of during the pandemic. Wear what you have. Wear it out. Before considering buying replacements.
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08/04/2021 10:40:11 10 11
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I won't visit any shops until mask wearing is dropped. I've been "vaccinated" so the only people at "risk" are the cretins who refuse to be "vaccinated", so masks should now be irrelevant.
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08/04/2021 11:20:03 3 2
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We're with you on that. Until life returns to normal then what is the point of buying new "stuff".
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08/04/2021 10:39:54 26 4
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A period of free parking should be a key component of any town or city's strategy to revive footfall post covid restrictions.
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08/04/2021 11:21:42 5 16
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Why?
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08/04/2021 11:51:50 6 0
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To make it better for shoppers to go to towns rather than out of town centres.
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08/04/2021 09:39:32 2 12
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Online sales sweetie.............................??
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08/04/2021 11:21:48 4 0
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The headline very clearly says "high street sales", not shops or stores dearie......??
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08/04/2021 10:06:29 4 7
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The usual HYS guff from folks who rarely venture out anyway............

I'll be helping the economy and business. There will lots of pent up demand.
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08/04/2021 11:22:48 3 1
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Pent up demand for what?
A new suit? - I'm working from home
A new dress shirt? - the pubs are shut
Beachwear? - we can't go on holiday
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08/04/2021 12:38:31 1 0
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The pubs are opening this week and there are plenty of beaches in the uk.
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08/04/2021 10:38:20 5 5
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Just a shame John Lewis couldn’t wait.

They would also pick up trade from Debenhams and House of Fraser.

John Lewis have made a big mistake pulling out of Sheffield, York, Aberdeen and other places.
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08/04/2021 11:23:08 1 1
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Why don't you take over their old shops and show them how it's done? Good luck.
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08/04/2021 11:15:13 2 4
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We will be wearing masks for at least another year,and rightly so.
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08/04/2021 11:24:23 2 1
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You may be - your choice
We wont be - our choice
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08/04/2021 11:30:14 1 2
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May still me compulsory.
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Ben
08/04/2021 11:26:19 1 2
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well duh.
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08/04/2021 11:24:23 2 1
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You may be - your choice
We wont be - our choice
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08/04/2021 11:30:14 1 2
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May still me compulsory.
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08/04/2021 10:40:11 10 11
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I won't visit any shops until mask wearing is dropped. I've been "vaccinated" so the only people at "risk" are the cretins who refuse to be "vaccinated", so masks should now be irrelevant.
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08/04/2021 11:37:24 2 1
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You are aware that many people have yet to be vaccinated (there is a bit of a queue), or cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons, arent you? Or are they all “cretins” as well?
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08/04/2021 13:15:13 1 1
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if they are offered it and refuse, then yes they are.
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08/04/2021 11:37:36 14 2
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useless statistics 50% from what exactly 0? They have been closed so if they get a 50% increase its still nowhere near where they would be by now...
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08/04/2021 11:39:42 15 0
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Yes, 50% of 0 is still 0.
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08/04/2021 11:09:49 2 1
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100% surge would be preferable, really. That would bring it back to average pre-covid levels.
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08/04/2021 11:38:48 1 0
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yep thats common sense not headline grabbing statistics from analysts who quite frankly do not have a clue and have proved that time and time again over the few years.
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08/04/2021 11:37:36 14 2
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useless statistics 50% from what exactly 0? They have been closed so if they get a 50% increase its still nowhere near where they would be by now...
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08/04/2021 11:39:42 15 0
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Yes, 50% of 0 is still 0.
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08/04/2021 12:01:18 0 0
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It's talking about the high street / retail park as a whole. People are still shopping in supermarkets/essential shops there, so it didn't drop to 0%.

I agree the reporting is poor though... a simple line graph would have made it pretty clear.
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08/04/2021 11:06:28 6 1
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Such a shame these "experts" always refer to % increase/fall. With such an exceptional past 12 months massive % swings in almost everything are inevitable. Closed shops will have had a very low sales base for the last year so any increase is likely to be huge in % terms but not necessarily in £ terms. A 100% increase in a very small number still gives you a very small number
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08/04/2021 11:39:42 7 1
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Experts and analysts what a waste of money they all, are and to top it off they think they are so valuable and important!
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08/04/2021 10:40:11 10 11
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I won't visit any shops until mask wearing is dropped. I've been "vaccinated" so the only people at "risk" are the cretins who refuse to be "vaccinated", so masks should now be irrelevant.
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Tom
08/04/2021 11:40:20 1 0
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I haven’t been offered it yet, probably won’t for a few months
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08/04/2021 10:39:54 26 4
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A period of free parking should be a key component of any town or city's strategy to revive footfall post covid restrictions.
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08/04/2021 11:41:37 4 0
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Pigs might fly i suspect like all the new cameras for speeding which have been put up during lockdown last year (how did they do that?) There will be more fees for using cars and it will only get worse.
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08/04/2021 09:39:32 2 12
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Online sales sweetie.............................??
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08/04/2021 11:42:19 1 0
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absolutely not , online or shop , i must stay away from those sweeties, so bad for my teeth.
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08/04/2021 10:38:20 5 5
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Just a shame John Lewis couldn’t wait.

They would also pick up trade from Debenhams and House of Fraser.

John Lewis have made a big mistake pulling out of Sheffield, York, Aberdeen and other places.
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08/04/2021 11:42:34 1 3
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John Lewis and their staff are so up themselves i am surprised they are still in business.
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Dee
08/04/2021 15:47:37 1 0
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As a customer, I would say John Lewis’s staff (partners) give great customer service as they are very well trained & experienced.
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08/04/2021 11:50:40 1 0
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I expect on monday to see queues outside Primark and sports shoe shop in oxford street
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08/04/2021 09:21:35 15 5
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over the last year i've become an 'e-shopper'. i doubt i'll now go back, fully, to physical shops.
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08/04/2021 11:51:23 3 0
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no shopkeeper likes time wasters
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08/04/2021 11:21:42 5 16
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Why?
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08/04/2021 11:51:50 6 0
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To make it better for shoppers to go to towns rather than out of town centres.
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08/04/2021 10:27:48 72 4
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People say the High Street is being killed by covid & the internet.

Guess what our local council did during the last two lockdowns.

First they made the pay & display free parking - Good idea, machines hard to sanitise....

Then they installed new machines and put the price of parking up, presumably to pay for these new machines.

Whose killing the High Street? Councils.
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08/04/2021 11:52:56 37 2
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And to pay the high salaries that the top council staff get.
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08/04/2021 11:53:25 5 4
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Why would you go to a shop to be surrounded by Covidiots ?
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08/04/2021 11:53:29 0 0
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Bedford is turning into the B&M capital of the UK................The old town centre M&S shop is being replaced by a new B&M..........sad but true !
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Dee
08/04/2021 15:45:10 0 0
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It’s what the Bedford demographic wants.
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08/04/2021 09:57:27 4 1
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Online shopping is just a fancy new name for catalogue shopping, it's not new and was pioneered in Victorian times. Nothing beats actually seeing and handling something before you buy it, then you can decide if you want it there and then or buy exactly the same product online for potentially less money.
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08/04/2021 11:55:14 2 0
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thats right use and abuse those shopekeepers, handle their goods , pick their brains, and go online lets face it, there only there for fun,
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08/04/2021 12:07:37 0 0
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The art of salesmanship, sell it to me there and then as I'm under no obligation to buy. Tyre kickers and window shoppers are old as commerce itself.
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08/04/2021 11:39:42 15 0
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Yes, 50% of 0 is still 0.
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08/04/2021 12:01:18 0 0
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It's talking about the high street / retail park as a whole. People are still shopping in supermarkets/essential shops there, so it didn't drop to 0%.

I agree the reporting is poor though... a simple line graph would have made it pretty clear.
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08/04/2021 11:06:28 6 1
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Such a shame these "experts" always refer to % increase/fall. With such an exceptional past 12 months massive % swings in almost everything are inevitable. Closed shops will have had a very low sales base for the last year so any increase is likely to be huge in % terms but not necessarily in £ terms. A 100% increase in a very small number still gives you a very small number
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08/04/2021 12:03:55 0 0
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The % statistic is the important one, it would be pretty pointless saying "100 less" as there's still no baseline.

What reporters seem to be missing though, is that comparing retail to anything in the Covid/lockdown era is pretty pointless as you're comparing to an exception, not the norm... we should be comparing to this period in 2019 to gain meaningful insights
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08/04/2021 12:06:25 12 0
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Experts forecast an increase in sales when shops reopen after a year shut? Well, thanks for that.
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08/04/2021 11:55:14 2 0
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thats right use and abuse those shopekeepers, handle their goods , pick their brains, and go online lets face it, there only there for fun,
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08/04/2021 12:07:37 0 0
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The art of salesmanship, sell it to me there and then as I'm under no obligation to buy. Tyre kickers and window shoppers are old as commerce itself.
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09/04/2021 08:20:14 0 0
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There is a big difference between a window shopper or a tyre kicker, and someone using a store to examine the product and get information from the salesperson, with the intention of buying it somewhere else?

And you are surprised the high street is in decline....
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08/04/2021 12:09:23 8 2
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BEER first.
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09/04/2021 10:52:41 0 0
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and Second
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08/04/2021 12:23:55 5 1
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Im fed up globalist brands abusing cheap labour and paying them peanuts then selling use cloths marked up while transporting stuff around the world increasing global warming and helping spread a virus.

Really even H&M have children's clothing made in Myanmar were I don't even know if people made clothing are still alive.

I wil be avoiding globalist brands there a virus themselfs.
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08/04/2021 22:34:05 0 0
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Out of interest what was the device you used to post your comment ? Was it a global brand ? Was it shipped from the Far East ?
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08/04/2021 10:27:48 72 4
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People say the High Street is being killed by covid & the internet.

Guess what our local council did during the last two lockdowns.

First they made the pay & display free parking - Good idea, machines hard to sanitise....

Then they installed new machines and put the price of parking up, presumably to pay for these new machines.

Whose killing the High Street? Councils.
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08/04/2021 12:27:50 5 1
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Puting money in Icelandic banks instead planting TREES PLANTS improving UK environment as well paying staff stupid money who then take foreign holidays

Councils and there workers seem hate the UK not help improve it.
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08/04/2021 12:32:55 1 1
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Eager to get back to business as usual shock
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08/04/2021 12:36:05 1 4
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Will it happen though?

All those delayed supply chains from the Suez canal will arrive at our brexitized ports at once
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08/04/2021 14:01:14 0 0
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Excellent!
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08/04/2021 11:22:48 3 1
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Pent up demand for what?
A new suit? - I'm working from home
A new dress shirt? - the pubs are shut
Beachwear? - we can't go on holiday
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08/04/2021 12:38:31 1 0
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The pubs are opening this week and there are plenty of beaches in the uk.
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08/04/2021 12:50:26 0 1
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You would hope so.

Given that they have been closed for a while!
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08/04/2021 10:22:17 60 4
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I don't know about anyone else here, but i have no "pent up" desire to rush out and splurge all the cash i've been saving over the last 12 months.

Break the cycle, you probably don't need "it" after all
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08/04/2021 12:58:28 4 7
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Luckily everyone isn't quite as selfish as you so many people will be going out on Apr 12th to support local businesses.

I know I will and I've a table booked at my local that evening.
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08/04/2021 16:12:52 3 1
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Please by all means support Local Businesses, I am one and have been working throughout this shenanigans, but don't confuse local business with a chain, especially pubs as they are nearly all tenanted and part of "a pub company".

A pub is somewhere to go, meat people, socialise. I won't be going if i have to book a table, that's not a Public House
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08/04/2021 11:09:41 6 3
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You obviously know more about running a major business than the current Chief Exec or the Board. I hope you have offered them your services.
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08/04/2021 12:58:44 1 0
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They should put the interests of retaining their staff and their 174-year service to customers in Sheffield above retaining Brownsea Island.
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08/04/2021 10:05:43 29 1
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I won't join the rush on the 12th April, but will look forward to 'trying before buying' a little later on. It's then an instant 'yes, it fits, I like it' or 'no, not for me'.

With online you buy, wait for delivery, try and keep or if unsuitable, return and wait for refund - it's such a faff.

To have the choice of shopping either way, so suit your individual preference is great.
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08/04/2021 13:00:03 4 6
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I agree with you that online buying us a faff but please do rush out on the 12th and start contributing to the economy. Many small businesses are relying on it to stay afloat.
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08/04/2021 13:06:34 4 3
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Understandable initial rush. Hopefully quickly fading out. The reality is no one wants high street shops and a huge swathe have learnt how much superior on line is for getting goods and food, and keeping a life for yourself rather than battling to the unpleasant high street.
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08/04/2021 13:10:54 3 2
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Hopefully the government bring in an increased Online Sales Tax to encourage people back to shops. Similar to the proposed Home Working Tax they are considering.
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08/04/2021 13:11:59 0 1
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As long as what you buy online is sourced from Local UK producers etc. No the cheap tatt from China made with slave labour or from the EU who hate us.
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08/04/2021 11:18:41 3 1
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Consumer will not be making fashion puchases until they have an oportunity to wear them. If people are still not able to go in to pubs, night clubs, resturants, holidays then why would they be buying new clothes?
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08/04/2021 13:08:51 2 1
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Why do people buy new clothes to go out in? Weird behaviour that perhaps has been grown out of during the pandemic. Wear what you have. Wear it out. Before considering buying replacements.
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08/04/2021 13:06:34 4 3
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Understandable initial rush. Hopefully quickly fading out. The reality is no one wants high street shops and a huge swathe have learnt how much superior on line is for getting goods and food, and keeping a life for yourself rather than battling to the unpleasant high street.
100
08/04/2021 13:10:54 3 2
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Hopefully the government bring in an increased Online Sales Tax to encourage people back to shops. Similar to the proposed Home Working Tax they are considering.
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08/04/2021 13:22:10 1 1
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Back to shops that don't sell what you want whilst paying parking charges for the privilege.
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08/04/2021 13:59:26 0 0
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What Hom e Working Tax?