Footfall up ahead of hospitality reopening

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall in UK retail destinations rose by +0.5% last week, however, this was wholly driven by a rise of +3.9% in UK high streets whilst in retail parks footfall declined by -3.4% and by -2.8% in shopping centres.

The rise in high street footfall was polarised, with significant uplifts on Monday and Saturday (+19.1% and +19% respectively) which were bounce backs from drops in footfall on those two days over the bank holiday weekend.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard commented: “Shoppers braved the ongoing rain and ventured back into retail destinations last week with footfall rising from the week before. However, it was high streets rather than shopping centres or retail parks that drove the uplift, and the result was a largely a result of a bounce back from a drop in shopper activity that occurred over the bank holiday weekend the week before.

“With indoor hospitality opening today the return of shoppers to high streets couldn’t come at a better time, suggesting we will see a further uplift in footfall as the opportunity to eat and drink inside protected from the elements will give shoppers an incentive to visit high streets more frequently and dwell longer.”

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