Springboard detects weekly increase in footfall
Despite the rain and cool temperatures, footfall across the UK rose by +4.3% from the week before, an improvement on the modest rise of +0.2% last year. However, this was not nearly enough of an uplift to drive an annual increase, with footfall declining by -2.5% from Week 20 in 2018.
While this result looks fairly dispiriting it must be remembered that this is against a strong comparable of +1.9% last year when footfall benefited from the feelgood factor arising from a combination of the football world cup and the Royal Wedding. This was particularly the case for high streets last year, where footfall rose by +4.6%.
The performance of high streets and shopping centres in Week 20 was largely comparable, with annual drops of -3.3% and -2.8% respectively. Retail parks fared better with only a marginal decrease in footfall of -0.5%, however, this was wholly due to a particularly strong performance on Saturday when footfall rose by +12.3% over the year. Shopping centres also fared well on Saturday with a rise in footfall of +7.8%, but the week as a whole was dragged down by declines in footfall on every other day which averaged -5.0%.
Geographically the winners in terms of the uplift from the week before were the West Midlands, North & Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and Wales where footfall rose by at least +6.0%. On an annual basis footfall declined in every geography, although in six areas the magnitude of this drop was less than the average for the UK of -2.5%.