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Footfall down as election distracts shoppers

Footfall fell by 1.9% across all retail locations for the week ended May 9 compared with the same period last year, as the general election disrupted consumer behaviour.

According to the latest figures from Springboard, the number of shoppers on the high street fell by 3.4%, while shopping centres decreased by 0.9% and retail parks rose by 0.4%.

Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at research firm Springboard, said the week’s figures included the good weather of bank holiday Monday on May 4, but that it was also election week which “can divert consumer’s attention and disturb shopping patterns”.

Shopping centres in Wales were the hardest hit, registering falls of 5.8%, while high streets in the West Midlands and Greater London also suffered, down by 5.3% and 4.2% respectively.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Do people actually get paid for this? I'm in the wrong job!
    Every single set of statistics gets turned round to give the retailers an excuse.
    Put the right product in at the right prices.
    #notrocketscience

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  • While Indie-Whinging has become almost an Olympic Sport, The Election combined with poor weather has affected footfall without question.

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