Retail footfall edges closer to pre-pandemic levels

Footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +1.4% last week from the week before, following a rise of +2.4% in the week before last, according to the latest report from Springboard.

The ongoing rises in footfall from week to week mean that the gap in footfall from 2019 continues to narrow, and last week stood at -20.1% across all retail destinations.

Last week, in high streets the increase in activity was nearly double the overall result at +2.6% whilst in shopping centres the uplift was more modest at +1% and in retail parks footfall dipped marginally by -0.6%.

Coastal towns and Central London saw significant rises of +2.4% and +6.1% as school summer holidays give way to travel within the UK.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard commented: “With the school summer holiday period in full swing, footfall across UK retail destinations continued to improve last week. In overall terms it was a modest uplift from the week before, however, footfall rose in high streets for the fifth consecutive week for the first time since June 2020 suggesting an underlying strengthening of customer activity.

“High streets were undoubtedly supported by staycations, as in both coastal towns and Central London – the focus for many day and holiday trips – footfall rose by more than in local high streets despite the rain.”

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