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Back-to-school fails to buoy high street footfall

Footfall to high streets fell by 4.8% and shopping centres by 1.5% in the week ended September 6, while the back-to-school rush boosted retail park figures by 6.6%.

According to new data from Springboard, overall footfall fell by 1.5% during the week compared with the year before and by 3.6% compared with the previous week.

“Unfortunately the buoyancy of the bank holiday weekend (notwithstanding the individual high street result) was not enough to drive an uplift for the week resulting in a decline of 1.5% overall,” explained Springboard’s retail insights director Diane Wehrle.

“High streets fell by 4.8%, the biggest drop for 10 weeks, however, Wales, which has had a particularly challenging year, was the only region to see an uplift. It rose for the second consecutive week (up by 0.9%).

“The back-to-school rush was boosted by retail park traffic, up 6.6% overall with large lifts across most areas of the country. Across all location types only the East Midlands experienced a rise in footfall, up 0.4% with increases in both shopping centres and retail parks.”


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