Footfall slide continues

Easter dates continue to distort footfall patterns, says Springboard

For the second week in a row footfall declined significantly from last year, with an annual drop of -8.7 per cent across all UK retail destinations, although the bad news is mitigated by the fact that there was a +2.1 per cent uplift from the week before.  Indeed, the divergence between the annual result and the weekly one is likely to be a function of the fact that Week 14 last year was Easter week, and so benefited from activity driven by Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

High streets were the hardest hit, with an annual drop of -9.5 per cent and a weekly rise of just +1.2 per cent; while in in retail parks and shopping centres both the annual declines were lower and the weekly uplift greater. In overall terms, shopping centres came off best, with an annual drop in footfall of -7.9 per cent and a rise from the week before of +4.6 per cent. In fact footfall rose in shopping centres from the week before in every UK geography, reaching as much +6 per cent in both Wales and North and Yorkshire.

For retail parks the weekly rise was at an equivalent level in some geographies, but the overall result was dragged down by declines over the week in three areas (East, East Midlands and Scotland). A similar picture is true for high streets, albeit that the greatest change from the week before occurred in Northern Ireland (+5.5per cent) whilst in all other areas it did not exceed +4.4 per cent and declined in three regions.

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