Retailers knew they were in trouble when a swallow was spotted this month at the RSPB bird reserve at Saltholme on Teesside.And when the cold snap eventually arrives, that will no doubt also put off potential shoppers. What we need is more of that Goldilocks weather, not too warm and not too cold. (Unfortunately, British weather - like the British economy - is not what one might describe as reliable.)
This freak harbinger of spring was bad news for store bosses whose shops are packed to the gunnels with faux fur coats, cashmere jumpers and fake snow. On Sunday the topsy-turvy weather was being blamed for a sharp fall in visitors to UK shopping centres and high streets over the last three months; places such as the West Midlands and Scotland recorded declines of 10.4% and 9%, respectively.
21 November 2011
The wrong kind of weather
When in doubt, blame the weather. The Guardian reports: