TRADING at Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre remained consistent over the Christmas period, despite a nationwide slump in sales.
The news came as the British Retail Consortium and accountants KPMG released a study showing sales in December had fallen by 0.4%, the lowest they had been in 10 years.
But Ian Middleton, director of Smith Young, leasing and managing agents for Meadowhall, said the period had been a "mixed picture" for the centre, with some retailers reporting a 2% increase.
Mr Middleton said there had been more customers than usual in the centre over Christmas and that shops had not launched sales any earlier than usual.
"People have commented that shoppers are coming through the door but not spending.
"But our figures show this isn't the case. Customers have been looking around, making decisions and then buying," he said.