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Boxing Day footfall down 7.3%

Footfall across the UK on Boxing Day fell 7.3% year on year as shoppers chose to stay at home and shop online.

Shopping centres saw footfall drop 19%, while the high street saw a 2.2% decline compared to last year, according to Springboard.

Footfall on Christmas Eve was down 5.9% despite retailers hopes of a last minute rush.

In the week to 31 December footfall is expected to be down 2.3% on 2015.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard said: “The long term trend for declining footfall in retail destinations continued this year, although high streets were able to show some resistance due to their ability to adapt quickly to changes in consumer behaviour, particularly the growing demand for leisure based trips that require increased food and beverage occupiers.

“We expect that most consumers who venture out this week will be doing so for leisure as opposed to shopping, thus giving the high street the edge as it able to service the consumer demand for bars, restaurants and coffee shops.”

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