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EU referendum hits high street footfall

Footfall across the UK declined by 4.3% year-on-year for the week to June 18, with “uncertainty arising from the impending EU referendum” cited as a possible reason for the fall.

Rainy high street

Rainy high street

Rainy high street

The high street was hardest hit, dropping 5.7%, while shopping centres had a decline of 4.2% and retail parks fell 1% for the week, according to Springboard.

Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director for Springboard, said a number of factors are to blame for the fall: “The weather, as there was heavy rain on a number of days across the country last week, uncertainty arising from the impending EU referendum and the appalling news that dominated the media may also have taken consumers attention away from making shopping trips”.

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