UK footfall drops back

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals thatfootfall in UK retail destinations declined by -4.2% last week from the week before.

The greatest declines occurred in shopping centres that saw a decline of -7.7%, and retail parks that saw a decline of -4.7%, whilst footfall dropped by -2.2% in high streets

The drop in footfall across all retail destinations meant that the gap from the 2019 footfall level widened last week to -17.3% from -15.8% in the week before.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard commented: “If any evidence is required as to the relevance of footfall as an indicator of consumer activity it was provided by the results for last week; the commencement of the school term and the return to work of those who had been on holiday led to a decline in footfall across all retail destinations last week from the week before, with a far greater drop in activity in coastal towns which had been visited by many for staycations and daycations over the summer.”

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