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Footfall across high streets and shopping centres dips

High streets and shopping centres saw a year-on-year drop in footfall last week, despite warm weather, summer Sales and the payday boost.

According to research by Springboard, high streets were the worst hit, with year-on-year footfall dropping 2.2%. Shopping centres saw visitor numbers drop 0.4%, however retail parks were up 2.1%. Overall, footfall numbers dipped 0.8%.

However week-on-week all categories saw an increase, with shopping centres up 4%, retail parks up 3.3% and high streets up 0.6%.

Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard, said this was driven by “summer Sales and the pay weekend”.

She added: “The south and east of the UK all saw an uplift against last year for the week overall, but high streets suffered across the UK except Ireland which bucked the trend with a 5.7% lift against last year.”

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