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Cooler weather fails to lift footfall

Footfall to high streets, shopping centres and retail parks fell by 1.8% on average last week, as the onset of cooler weather failed to inspire shoppers to buy autumn stock.

The high street was the biggest casualty, recording a fall of 3.2% year-on-year, while retail parks were the only retail format that saw a rise in footfall of 1.8%.

The East Midlands and the North and Yorkshire were the only two regions to record year-on-year growth. The North and Yorkshire saw footfall increase by 1.2% overall, comprising a rise of 2.6% on the high street and a fall of 0.6% in shopping centres, while footfall to retail parks in the region remained flat.

Springboard’s marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle said: “Footfall dropped again this week as the onset of cooler weather failed to inspire shoppers to invest in autumn stock.”

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