UK high streets get boost as 'eat out to help out' scheme begins

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Data shows nearly 30% more people visited high streets compared to same time last week

British high streets received a boost from the launch of the government-backed discount dining scheme on Monday, according to industry figures, as restaurants also reported a rise in interest from customers.

Data on shopper visits showed that by 3pm on Monday the number of people hitting the high street was up nearly 30% on the same day last week, while across all destination including retail parks and shopping centres the rise was 19%. Although the numbers from retail specialists Springboard capture all shopping outlets, they will have covered many of the 72,000 cafes, pubs and restaurants that have signed up to the half-price eat out to help out scheme.

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