Huddersfield town centre at UK No1 for spending recovery
May 13, 2021

Extra space to eat food has been provided under canopies in New Street, HuddersfieldThe High Street Recovery Tracker published by research institute Centre for Cities last Thursday (May 13) puts Huddersfield at number 1 in the UK for post-lockdown spending recovery.

The tracker looks at consumer spending following the April lifting of lockdown restrictions and the West Yorkshire town comes out the top place across cities and large towns across the entire country with spending at 119% of lockdown levels.

A clothes shop queue in Huddersfield after reopening in AprilHuddersfield Open MarketPavement cafes have become a feature of the townThe Centre for Cities says the vaccination programme and lifting of lockdown is helping businesses get back on their feet with many cities and towns, particularly those in northern England and the Midlands, seeing a boom in consumer spending in the past month.

It also reports that the centres of the biggest cities remain much quieter places where people need encouragement to return.

Middlesbrough is 6th for spendingWakefield also reaches the spending top 10Two other Yorkshire centres come in the UK top 10 for spending: Middlesbrough is 6th at 115% and Wakefield is 10th at 112%.

Meanwhile Leeds is 8th from the foot of a separate Bottom 10 chart for footfall with a 20% rate. London is bottom at 15%.

The High Street Recovery Tracker looks at 63 cities and large towns across the UK.

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