Springboard records first rise in shopper traffic since January
What a difference the sunshine makes, with the first radiant weather of the year across the country bring shoppers out in force for their Spring/ Summer wear. This resulted in the first annual rise since the first week of the year, of +3.9 per cent, corroborated with a weekly increase of +2.1 per cent. This follows on from an annual drop of -5.3 per cent for the same week last year, which had been hampered by a skewed result following the inclusion of Easter Monday.
The sunny weather produced a blanket rise across the country and across all location types with the High Street leading with an increase of +5.2 per cent. Retail parks and shopping centres were not far behind rising +3.2 per cent and +1.9 per cent respectively. Shopping centre numbers were more varied by region with Scotland, Wales and the West Midlands recording slight dips against last year. Overall, Greater London saw the biggest benefit of the sun with numbers rising +6.5 per cent against last year.
The weekly increase of +2.1 per cent however disguises a large variance between the performance of types of location with high streets seeing a swing of +6.1 per cent, whilst shopping centres moved -4.8 per cent. This is likely to be due to the end of the Easter school holidays where the wetter weather of the previous week had benefitted shopping centres over high streets.