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Easter school holidays lift footfall

Footfall to high streets and retail parks rose last week, as the start of Easter school holidays drove shoppers to all retail locations across the UK.

Springboard data shared exclusively with Drapers showed that for the week beginning April 7, high street footfall was up 4.7% year-on- year, while retail parks rose by 3.4%.

Shopping centres saw footfall dropping 1.1% year-on-year, however this number was an increase of 3.3% on the previous week, meaning the Springboard Index registered a rise of 2.9%.

The figures for the week beginning April 6 saw the Springboard Index rising by 2.6%, as high streets increased by 3.5%, retail parks by 4.2%, and shopping centres dropped by 0.7%.

Springboard’s director of retail insights Diane Wehrle said: “The first week of the Easter school holidays has driven footfall to all retail locations bringing an uplift across all regions against the previous week. The year on year figures are also up across high streets (3.5%) and retail parks (4.2%), Shopping centres however are still lagging slightly down in eight out of 10 regions.”

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