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Easter to boost footfall by 4.7%

Footfall is expected to rise 4.7% over the Easter weekend as consumers hit the shops after pay day.

According to Springboard high streets will fare the best with a 6% increase year on year. Shopping centres will follow with an expected 4.6% rise in shoppers and retail parks will see a minor increase of 1.6%.

Good Friday will be the strongest day for footfall with a 5.7% increase. Saturday will see a 3.9% rise year on year and Easter Monday will see the typical bank holiday surge with footfall expected to grow 4.6% on the same bank holiday in 2014.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “Last year we saw a significant decline in retail footfall over Easter Weekend (-6.4% year on year), and though this year we are expecting to see figures regain strength, they will still be overall below the +6.9% year-on-year growth seen in 2013. The earlier dates for the long weekend traditionally link to positive effects for retailers and with consumer confidence high, we expect shoppers to respond with their feet buoyed by the benefit of a recent pay day.”


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