Retail footfall rises across UK despite lockdown and poor weather

Latest data from retail experts Springboard has revealed that footfall rose by +9% across all UK retail destinations last week, following a drop in the previous week of -10.9% and the average of -22.6% over the preceding four weeks. 

Footfall rose in all three destination types from the week before with an increase of +10.9% in high streets, +9.2% in shopping centres +9.2% and a smaller increase of +4.5% in retail parks.

Saturday was the peak shopping day of the week, when footfall rose by +16% from the week before.

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard commented: “Despite rain and snow last week across much of the UK, footfall rose in retail destinations last week from the week before for the first time in five weeks; perhaps providing the first indications of lockdown fatigue emerging once again.  The last rise in footfall was in the peak Christmas trading week beginning 13th December, and even then the rise was only a third as large as last week’s; since then there has been a double digit drop in footfall in each week.”

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