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Christmas boosts shopping centre footfall

Footfall increased 0.7% across the UK last week as Christmas shopping continued in earnest.

According to Springboard’s retail footfall monitor, customers are taking advantage of click-and-collect options to continue their shopping following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Retail park traffic rose annually by +3.7% and up +2.0% against the previous week which had included Black Friday. The outstanding performance location last week was shopping centres, which had an annual rise of 3.4% last week, the largest increase since the second week of this year and only the 15th week where there has been any increase, giving a year to date performance of –0.8%. 

In terms of regions, Scotland, the North and Yorkshire saw the greatest impact on footfall this week with a 9.8% rise in Scotland town footfall and an 8.3% rise in shopping centre footfall in the North and Yorkshire. But high streets still struggled despite the footfall boom in other areas, with a rise in just three of the 10 regions, falling to an annual drop of –10.6% in West Midlands. 

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