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Bank holiday comparisons fail to lift footfall

Footfall to high streets and shopping centres fell last week, despite being up against relatively easy comparisons from last year’s earlier Easter Sunday.

Springboard data shared exclusively with Drapers showed that for the week beginning March 30, high street footfall dropped 2%, while shopping centres fell 0.3%. Retail parks saw footfall rise 4.5% but this was not enough to tip the nationwide average into positive territory, with the Springboard Index registering a decline of 0.2%.

The figures were exacerbated for the week beginning March 31, with the Springboard Index falling 4.4% as shopping centres dropped 6%, high streets by 4.9% and even retail parks falling 1.2%.

Springboard’s director of retail insights Diane Wehrle said: ” Retail Parks have once again seen a large increase year on year at 4.5% but even being against Easter Sunday last year has not sufficiently boosted shopping centres and high streets into positive figures. 

“Interestingly year on year, the dust and pollution of last week has not adversely affected the East, South East and Greater London figures where the dust was at its worst.”

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