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Easter boosts high street footfall

Footfall on high streets across the UK over the Easter weekend was up 1.2% compared with last year.

Overall footfall, including retail parks and shopping centres, was down 2% between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but was up 3.4% by 12pm on Easter Monday, research by footfall analysts Springboard shows.

Springboard’s insights director Diane Wehrle said Easter was a tale of two halves: compared with 2016, footfall declined by 5.9% on Good Friday, but increased by 4.6% on Easter Saturday.

She said: “The results to date are in part due to the shift in weather compared with last year; Good Friday was exceptionally warm and sunny – better than this year – but windy and rainy for the rest of the weekend, compared with this year’s sunny and mild weather.”

The UK’s high streets outperformed retail parks and shopping centres over the weekend, which saw respective decreases of 2.3% and 8%. 

Wehrle added: ”High streets have led the surge in footfall across the UK this Easter due to their adaptability and diverse hospitality offering, which supports their ability to respond to trends more quickly than retail parks and shopping centres.”

London’s West End performed strongly compared to Easter last year. Footfall rose by 6.8% from Good Friday and Easter Sunday compared with the same days in 2016. 

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