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Retailers lose around £5m in sales due to protest

At least £5m was lost on Saturday as shops were forced to close as a result of the protest.

According to estimates at least £5m in sales revenues were lost by retailers on Saturday as a result of the huge anti-cuts protest in London.

Much of the West End area was closed off, with large shops such as Topshop, and BHS, along with branches of Vodafone, Starbucks, and Boots forced to close their doors. Transport services to the area were also limited, along with people being put off from coming by the threat of violence, which further damaged sales.

Retailers wrote to the Sunday Telegraph to express their frustration that the police hadn't done more to prevent closures, and that the violence hadtarnished the image of the West End.

Sales in the West End normally amount to £30m on Saturdays.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.