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Commonwealth Games masks fall in footfall elsewhere

Footfall was up across the high street, retail parks and shopping centres again last week, driven by people hitting the shops while in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

High street footfall in Scotland was up 18.5% on the same week last year, according to Springboard data shared exclusively with Drapers.

However, this masked a fall in footfall in six of the other nine areas of the UK - the East Midlands, West Midlands, North of England and Yorkshire, South West of England, Wales and Ireland - by an average of 1.6%.

Overall, footfall across the UK was up 1.4% compared to the previous week and 1% year-on-year. Retail parks and shopping centres saw the biggest increase, up 1.5% and 1.8% week-on-week respectively.

Marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle said: “The end of the school summer term combined with the continuing good weather has undoubtedly had a strong positive impact on footfall. 

“However, the result is boosted by the hugely beneficial impact on Scotland of the Commonwealth Games, where elsewhere the picture was not as rosy, with footfall dropping in six areas.”

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