SCOTS cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, are estimated to have each suffered among the most dramatic falls, across the UK, in retail sales – as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to analysis carried out by the think tank, Centre for Cities, Edinburgh ‘lost’ an estimated 43 weeks’ worth of sales between March 2020, when the pandemic first took hold of the UK, and the relatively recent onset of the Omicron variant of the virus.
Meanwhile, the figures for Glasgow was 42 weeks. London was 47 weeks, Birmingham 46 and Cardiff 43.
Says Centre for Cities, here: “High streets in economically-weaker places have been less impacted by COVID-19.”
Pictured: Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland