Bad weather dampens retail footfall

Footfall across UK retail destinations fell by -1.7% last week from the week before, according to the latest report from Springboard, dropping -2.2% in high streets. -1.3% in shopping centres, and -1% in retail parks.

The impact of the drop in activity last week meant that that the gap from the 2019 footfall level widened once again to -20.6%, with the greatest impact being in high streets.

“The penultimate week of the school summer holiday period was something of a damp squib,” said Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard. “Rain most days across all areas of the UK accompanied by cool temperatures led to footfall across UK retail destinations dropping from the week before, eradicating all of the uplift gained in the previous week.

“The relatively poor performance last week was widespread with declines in footfall from the week before occurring in all but one UK geography, and in all types of high street including coastal and historic towns that appeal to staycationers, as shoppers clearly cut back on making trips. Only Central London recorded an uplift, which represented the seventh consecutive week in which footfall rose from the week before.”

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