UK footfall is on the rise

Latest data from retail experts Springboard has revealed that footfall in UK retail destinations rose by +6.8% last week from the week before, only a fifth less than the rise of +8.5% in the same week last year.

The latest results are the fifth consecutive week of uplift, despite the national lockdown. Despite the increase from last week, footfall across all retail destinations remains -62.1% lower than in the same week last year, although in retail parks it is -35.3% lower due to the frequency of trips to large supermarkets for food shopping.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard commented: “You could be fooled into thinking that last week was a normal half term week rather than in the eighth week of a national lockdown, as footfall continued to rise for the fifth consecutive week. With the magnitude of increase continuing, this provides further evidence of significant pent up demand amongst shoppers to visit retail destinations and indication of the significant surge back to stores when non-essential retail reopens in the coming weeks/months.”

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