Shoppers bask in the sunshine

Springboard logs increase in pedestrian traffic

The largely warm and sunny weather last week undoubtedly supported footfall in bricks and mortar destinations, with a marginal rise of +0.3 per cent from the previous week. However, once again UK footfall declined from last year, by -3.5 per cent; far worse than the average of +0.8 per cent over the previous three weeks of the month. The week included Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend, and on this one day footfall stayed flat from last year and rose by +9 per cent from the previous week, but it was overshadowed by the previous three days when there was an average annual drop of -7.7 per cent and a drop from the previous week of -1.4 per cent.

Footfall in retail parks rose marginally over the week, by +0.4 per cent, but in high streets and shopping centres it declined significantly; by -5.2 per cent in high streets and by -3.5 per cent in shopping centres. The drop in high street and shopping centre footfall was virtually universal; with declines in high street footfall occurring across all geographies apart from Northern Ireland , and the only rises in shopping centre footfall occurring in Scotland and Wales.

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