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Commonwealth fever spurs Scottish shoppers

The feel-good factor from Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games encouraged shoppers to hit Scottish high streets last week, with footfall rising 9.1% on last year.

For the week beginning July 20, Scotland experienced a 5.6% increase across high streets, shopping centres and retail parks on the same week the year before - the only region to see an increase in all three formats, according to Springboard data shared exclusively with Drapers.

The West Midlands also performed well, with footfall up 7.6% on last year at shopping centres and 6.9% at retail parks. However high streets saw a 0.7% decline in visitors.

The East of England fared the worst last week, with year-on-year footfall falling by 3.6% across its high streets, 8.7% at retail parks and 6.6% at shopping centres.

Despite this, Scotland’s strong performance, combined with sunny weather and a payday weekend, led to overall increases across the UK, with footfall on high streets up 0.3% on last year, a rise in retail park visitor numbers of 3.1% and a 1% increase in shopping centre footfall.

Springboard’s overall footfall index was up 1.1% on last year.

Marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle said: “The hot summer weather combined with a split pay weekend has brought shoppers out.”

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