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Japanese help to boost UK tourist trade

JAPAN'S economic recovery has fuelled a resurgence in Japanese travellers to the UK, helping to boost overall tourist spend by 46 per cent last month compared with the same period last year.

Japanese shoppers spent an average of £449 per store when shopping in the UK, with overall spend up by 35 per cent in the year to date, according to Global Blue, the tax-free shopping services company that compiled the statistics.

The country entered the top 10 nationalities for UK tourist spend in January for the first time since March 2011, joining big ticket spenders like China, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, who are driving footfall across popular UK destinations including London's West End, and out-of-town retail outlets like Bicester Village.

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