City event set 'new gold standard'

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games set a "new gold standard" for the movement, organisers have said.

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David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 chief executive, hailed the success of the Games as a new report highlighted the benefits of hosting the spectacle.

The Highlights report ­examined the impact of the Games on Glasgow and Scotland.

It found there were more than 600,000 individual ­visitors to Games and Festival 2014 events between July 23 and August 3.

Many visitors attended several events, with 1.2million tickets sold - around 96% of those available for sale.

The Games appeared to have a positive impact on retail. During Glasgow 2014 the number of shoppers in the city increased by just under 22% compared to the same period last year, while across Scotland the figure was up by almost 14%.

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