Latest data from retail experts Springboard has revealed that footfall across UK retail destinations declined last week from the week before by -9.3%, with the greatest drops in high streets -10.9% and shopping centres -11.6%, versus a drop of -3.1% in retail parks.
Following October half term, locations most attractive to tourist saw the greatest drops in footfall last week, footfall declined by -20.7% in coastal towns, -15.1% in historic towns and -16.6% in regional cities.
The drop back in footfall last week meant that the gap from the 2019 level widened once again, to -13.4% versus -10.9% in the week before.
Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard commented: “Footfall in UK retail destinations fell back sharply last week, eliminating virtually all the uplift gained in the week before last during the school October half term break.
“However, it is important to appreciate that this was an expected result, as footfall has dropped in the week post the October half term break in every year since Springboard starting publishing footfall benchmarks in 2009.”