Real estate investment trust Shaftesbury said it continued to experience high footfall and 'robust trading' from the start of October. 'The economic strength and resilience of London's West End lies in its enduring local, national and global appeal as a destination of choice for people and businesses,' chief executive Brian Bickell said ahead of the company's annual general meeting today. 'Throughout the period, and particularly from November in the lead up to Christmas and New Year, we have seen continuing high footfall and robust trading across our areas.' 'Occupancy levels in our portfolio remain high, available space continues to attract considerable interest, and we are making good progress in letting our recent larger schemes.'
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