Shop sales in central London dropped sharply in the wake of the July terror attacks, figures out yesterday showed.
Retail sales in the capital fell 8.9 per cent last month compared to last year - the worst slump since monitoring started in October 2002.
Trade was hit hard on July 7 and 21 when the bombings occurred, the London Retail Consortium said.
Sales picked up slightly during the rest of the month but were still blighted by Tube disruption, security alerts and consumer anxiety.
Stores in the West End and tourist areas were worst affected. By contrast, some shops further from the city centre benefited slightly as more people shopped locally, the LRC said.
Tourists and daytrippers stayed away from the capital's stores after Londoners and commuters had returned, analysis showed.
This meant a greater drop in the number of central London shoppers at weekends.
Footfall on high streets across the UK fell by 2.4 per cent last month to the lowest level in four years.