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Footfall drops across the UK and Ireland

Footfall fell in all regions across the UK and Ireland for the week to August 22, with the number of shoppers dropping 3.4% year on year.

Shopping centres were worst affected, down 5.9%, while high streets dropped 3.1% for the week.

Footfall in retail parks fell for the first time in 17 weeks with a drop of 1% compared to the same week in 2014.

Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at research firm Springboard, said: “No location escaped the downturn in visitors, with the UK as a whole falling 3.4% against the same week last year. On the surface, there were few pockets of positivity across the complete benchmark spectrum with only three regions (East, East Midlands and Scotland) experiencing a rise in retail park traffic.”

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  • As retailer of many years whilst this may look alarming perhaps we should wait a little before passing judgement that the high street is dying. In our experience when coming out of recession with the first flush of spare money people feel happy to take that extra holiday and with the weather as it is perhaps that is what is happening now. After the 80's and 90's recession we and our other retailer friends had terrible Septembers because people were going away but we all bounced back later in the season. Airports are reporting record numbers. Let's wait and see! We have just had our busiest 3 weeks in August in 54 years!!!!!!

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