HUDDERSFIELD has soared up the shopping league, latest figures show.
A survey puts Huddersfield in sixth spot in the Yorkshire region when it comes to how much shoppers spend.
The regional table shows that shopper spent £387.7m in the town last year - easily outstripping Bradford (£369.7m), Doncaster (£338.9m), the White Rose Centre at Leeds (£309.6m) and Grimsby (£306m).
Nationally, the town has rocketed 20 places to 61st in the 2003 league table of more than 2,200 towns, cities and out-of-town shopping centres in the survey by business analysis group CACI.
Huddersfield was 80th in the 2002 survey and 94th in 2001.
The survey, Retail Footprint 2004, is used by retailers to help them decide where to open stores.
Jonathan Hardy, manager of the Kingsgate shopping centre in Huddersfield, said: "This survey shows the town is doing really well.
"We saw good growth in 2002, as expected, because Kingsgate had provided 30% more retailing space in the town.
"But to move up the national table by 20 places is a phenomenal achievement.
"It reaffirms our belief that Huddersfield is now a force to be reckoned with in the Yorkshire region."
Mr Hardy added: "Retailers without a presence in Huddersfield will now be looking at Kingsgate and the town in general and thinking `we want to be part of that'."
Huddersfield town centre manager David Wyles also welcomed the findings, but said it was important that the town maintained the impetus.
"We have seen the impact of Kingsgate and other developments," he said. "Let's keep driving forward."
The survey showed that Huddersfield was behind only Leeds (£1.42bn), Sheffield city centre (£1.08bn), Meadowhall (£1.04bn), Hull (£581.6m) and York (£500m) for the amount spent by shoppers last year.