By Marcus Leach

A new survey has suggested that, despite rioting and disorder in many major cities in England, shoppers have continued to visit the High Street in August.

Despite the civil unrest footfall, according to the Springboard National High Street Index, fell by just 1.5% in August compared to a year earlier, the lowest decline in over four years.

And, rather surprisingly, the Greater London region, which was hardest hit by the riots, saw footfall increase by 0.9%. However, it wasn't all good news, with Birmingham, which was also affected by the rioting, witnessing a 25% drop.

During the first two weeks of August, footfall was down 2.2% on a year earlier, less than the 3.7% decline recorded in August 2010.

"The figures are surprising as they show that despite widespread crime and violence in a number of High Streets, there was little overall effect on national footfall figures for August," said Steve Booth, chief executive of Springboard.

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