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'Not a lot of spending' - Dereham traders report footfall decline

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Dereham traders have admitted footfall is heading in the wrong direction as the cost of living crisis worsens.

Firm across the town said business in recent months had been far quieter than in years gone by, with customers having to re-assess their spending habits.

A scene from the Market Place in Dereham - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY

It comes after new data showed footfall across the UK fell below pre-pandemic levels last month, declining 14pc compared to July 2019.

Statistics published by Springboard also showed visits to high streets dropped by 17pc.

A grim picture was painted on Thursday (August 4) by the Bank of England, which warned the UK was set to fall........

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