Footfall slips

Halloween and Guy Fawkes fail to ignite footfall, finds Springboard

Despite the week containing both Halloween and Guy Fawkes weekend as well as school half term for some areas of the country, footfall slipped with an annual decline of -1.1%. This is however, to be viewed in context as, this follows on from an increase in footfall last year of +0.3%. Footfall against the previous week also dipped, falling -0.3%.

The change was largely derived from footfall to the high street, which saw a drop of -1.9% both against last year and the previous week. Annually, only Greater London saw an increase, with a growth of +0.6%. This is also the largest change from last year’s result where visitor numbers to the high street increased +0.8%.

Shopping centres also saw a drop in annual performance, moving from an annual decline of -0.4% last year to -1.5% this year. However, shopping centres, along with retail parks, experienced an increase in numbers from the previous week, growing +0.3% and +2.5% respectively. Retail parks, as is the trend for most of the year, were the only location type to see a growth upon last year, with a result of +1.3% (an improvement upon the +0.1% of 2017).

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