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Footfall declines deepen in June

Footfall figures recorded their deepest declines since February 2014 in June. The West Midlands, Greater London and Scotland were the areas worst affected.

Footfall fell by 2.8% for the five weeks to July 2 compared with the same period last year, according to the British Retail Consortium and Springboard footfall and vacancies monitor.

High streets witnessed a 3.7% fall during the month, followed by shopping centres at 2.3%. Footfall in retail parks fell by 1%, which was its worst performance since November 2013. It was the first time all three location categories registered a decline since December 2013,

“With such major political and economic news in June, it is unsurprising that there was drop in footfall of 2.8% across the UK, the poorest monthly result for more than two years and a marked worsening of performance since May, when footfall rose slightly by 0.3%,” said Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard.

“The results are shaped by a political and economic storm against a backdrop of rain downpours and generally inclement weather throughout the whole month.”

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