Sales up in Leicester despite wintry weather

Retail chiefs in Leicester have said sales are up despite the icy weather conditions.

Sub-zero temperatures continued to grip Leicestershire this weekend.

But shop owners in the city reported taking more money - even though fewer people were actually going out shopping.

City centre director Sarah Harrison said the situation was expected to get even busier in the run-up to Christmas.

She said: "We've held up very well considering the adverse weather conditions - Leicester has been particularly fortunate that we haven't been snowed in.

"We actually had a retail forum meeting last week and what they're reporting is that footfall is down, but sales are up, which means people are spending more."

Icy snap

Meanwhile, health and council bosses have asked people to keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable people through the cold spell.

East Midlands Trains ran a revised timetable and some bus routes were disrupted because of the weather.

Highways officials said they had enough grit for main routes but untreated roads should be used with caution.

Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "We keep an extremely close eye on the weather and although we've used 3,000 tonnes of grit so far, have enough to see us through the icy snap.

"But with freezing conditions forecast, we would strongly advise drivers to take extra care during difficult conditions."

The local authority has also supplied 50 tonnes of grit to East Midlands Airport.

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