RETAILERS across Slough and the rest of the country have had a tough time during the Covid pandemic.

Many high street retailers have been forced to close their doors for good.

Take a walk around Slough and it won't take long to spot an empty store.

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However, new figures show that retail sales have been on the rise.

Fashion store sales have returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Slough Observer:

Furthermore, total sales in July were up 6.4 per cent compared to a year ago, although this is down on the three-month rolling average of 14.7 per cent.

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With hope for the high street, we asked Observer readers which shop they would love to see in Reading.

More than 300 of you responded with what shops you'd like to see open in the town centre.

What types of shops you'd love to see:

  • HMV
  • Waterstones
  • Trespass
  • Hobbycraft
  • Body Shop
  • Pandora
  • Next
  • New Look
  • Zara
  • Footlocker
  • Tiger Tiger
  • Woolworths
  • Littlewoods
  • BHS
  • Gallery Gifts
  • M&S
  • Moss Bros
  • Waitrose
  • River Island
  • House of Fraser
  • A formula one memorabilia shop
  • Pizzahut
  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • John Lewis
  • Drakes
  • Pound stretcher
  • Aldo
  • Yankee candle
  • Bershka
  • Office