Footfall dips

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall in UK retail destinations declined by -4.1% last week from the week before.

This was largely due to a drop in activity in high streets of -6.6%, whilst in retail parks and shopping centres footfall declined by just -1.3% and -1.5%.

The reduction in activity was widespread across the UK, spanning all areas apart from Northern Ireland, where the rise in footfall of +21.1% reflected the impact of the reopening of retail on Friday 30th April.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard commented: “Rain across much of the UK for most of last week meant that footfall dipped again from the week before. The impact of the rain was evident, with a more modest drop in activity in the enclosed environments of shopping centres and in retail parks that are easily accessible by car than in high streets.

“The ongoing resilience of retail parks throughout the pandemic in retaining shopper numbers meant that last week footfall in this destination type was only marginally below the 2019 pre-pandemic level. In contrast footfall in both high streets and shopping centres remained more than a quarter below than their levels in 2019, however it is likely to be these two destination types that will receive the greatest boost from the reopening of indoor hospitality next week.”

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