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Footfall dips during the Christmas week

Last minute shoppers failed to boost footfall during the week of Christmas, running up to Saturday December 26, with retailers experiencing an overall drop of 0.2%.

Despite buoyant Boxing Day Sales, when footfall was up 11.7%, high street footfall fell back by 3% when compared to the same week last year.

Shopping centres saw a marginal increase of 0.5% against last year, while retail parks were the only success story, with an annual increase of 5.8%.

Springboard retail insights director Diane Wehrle said many will be waiting to see whether a post-Christmas Sales boost follows.

“This coming week will be interesting to watch whether the success of the Sales period for store locations continues through to the new year, particularly as consumers seek to click-and-collect and return multiple bought items, along with the effect upon retail performance in the flooded areas of the country.”

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