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A SHOPPING centre says it has seen an increase in footfall in the run-up to Christmas with more than half a million visitors in the past three weeks.

Visitor numbers at Fareham Shopping Centre this Christmas are up compared to this time last year, despite shoppers still feeling the pinch and many other centres across the UK seeing a decrease.

During the first week of December, the shopping mall said it had seen 17 per cent more visitors than at the same time the previous year, with nearly 192,000 shoppers that week alone.

The shopping centre said it has seen more than 555,000 Christmas shoppers come through its doors in the last three weeks.

The centre, which has more than 80 stores, cited the recent opening of the new Tesco superstore in Quay Street as bringing an increase in shoppers.

Centre director Pam Marsden welcomed the figures.

She said: ‘Many of our stores are weathering the tough economic times by offering plenty of sale bargains and special offers, which helps to draw shoppers through the doors, as has the new Tesco.’