Spending in Colchester towns centre drops £100 million in just 12 months (From Essex County Standard)
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Spending in Colchester towns centre drops £100 million in just 12 months
3:00pm Sunday 30th September 2012 in News
SHOPPERS spent £100 million less in Colchester town centre than they did last year, new figures claim.
League tables published by retail experts Caci claim residents, shoppers and tourists spent £440 million in Colchester town centre in 2011/12, down from £540 million.
The fall means Colchester has fallen from 43rd in the list of most popular town and shopping centres in the UK to 50th.
But business leaders pointed out the tables were estimates drawn up using just credit and debit card payments and insisted the town centre was performing well.
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