A STAGGERING 1.5m people have been clocked in the city’s retail hotspots in the run-up to Christmas.
The impressive figure is an increase of 0.7 per cent on last year.
From December 14 to 20, 1.54m people were recorded in the city centre – a rise of 13.3 per cent on the previous week .
The YEP can also reveal that 61.85m people have visited the city centre this year.
This figure is down by 1 per cent for the same period in 2014, when the Tour de Yorkshire came through the city.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The continued strength of the Leeds economy is testament to our resilience, tenacity and determination to succeed in the face of challenging economic times, and these figures are a reflection of that.
“I’m sure everyone in Leeds is incredibly proud to see that our city and its economy have continued to grow and flourish, building on the strong foundations we have laid in previous years while not being afraid to still be ambitious.
“We’re confident that drive and ambition will see the city enjoy even more success in the coming years, with the landmark Victoria Gate retail development set to open in 2016 and our bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023 also beginning to take shape.
“As we reflect on how well the city has done in 2015, we can also look ahead, safe in the knowledge that there is a great deal to be excited about and that Leeds is becoming a more vibrant and dynamic place to be with each passing year.”
Automatic footfall cameras positioned at key points across the city centre captured the data. The cameras record the number of people walking past a certain zone, with figures from each camera added together to get total footfall.