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Beaverbrooks posted a record operating profit of £17.2 million for the year ending February 29 from sales totalling £143 million.
Wider picture shows gradually improving footfall across the UK over the past week ran out of steam at the weekend.
Mandatory wearing of face masks in shops takes us further away from reviving the high street economy.
The most popular safety measures in stores are compulsory hand sanitising (38%), one-way systems (36%) and regular cleaning (35%).
Traffic to stores in London is down by 75%, year-on-year, compared to around 50% outside the M25.
CEO Georges Kern lost at least six weeks of sales while shops were closed around the world, but believes pent up demand will help to catch up this year.
Beaverbrooks has announced a startlingly successful first week of trading since non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen on June 15.
Rob Corder tours the historic university city and finds a worrying shortage of tourists but plenty of punters back in the shopping centres.
The urgency to get Scotland and Wales reopened is illustrated by comparing their footfall to England on Monday. While traffic across all of retail was up by almost 42% in England, it was down 4.3% in Scotland and up by only 8.3% in Wales.
The watch lovers of Leeds had four days to visit Chisholm Hunter's brand new store at the end of March. Now it is back for its grand opening.
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