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Footfall drops as shoppers hold out for Easter

Footfall across the UK dropped by 0.7% year-on-year last week as consumers held back on spending before the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Shopping centres were hit hardest, with a 9% fall against the same week in 2013. High streets dropped 3.7% and retail parks fell 1.6%.

Springboard’s director of retail insights Diane Wehrle said: “The final week before pay weekend and the Easter break has taken its toll on retail, with footfall declining 0.7% for all retail locations against last year despite a small rise in comparison to the previous week.

“However, this bodes well for the Easter weekend, the biggest shopping event outside of retail suggesting it may be a bumper Easter for stores, many of whom are already in mid-season Sales.”

@jillgeoghegan

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