February 17, 2012 BBC
High streets may be suffering in these times of austerity, and a new report suggests traditional markets are faring little better.
The survey into the state of UK markets by The Market Alliance concluded that “trading conditions are tough”.
In the West Midlands, figures were slightly more pessimistic than the national average.
Comparing how they thought business was in March 2011 with March 2010, 19% thought that it had improved, while 43% of respondents thought that things had deteriorated.
But some markets appear to be weathering the storm better than others.
People have been buying their fruit and veg from the Market Hall in Shrewsbury since 1965 – but in recent years it had seen a decline in customers and traders.
But since Shrewsbury Town Council took over much of the running of the building two years ago, there seems to be a real buzz about the place.
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