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Footfall falls despite bank holiday boost

Footfall across the UK’s high streets, retail parks and shopping centres continues to fall compared to the same period in 2017, the latest figures from Springboard show.

The index showed that footfall was down 3.6% overall year on year for the week beginning 27 May.

Diane Wehrie, marketing and insights director at Springboard said: “Footfall declined from last year by 3.6% compared with a year on year rise of 1.2% in the same week in 2017.

”Footfall declined on six of the seven days last week, and by as much as 7% on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Not only did the annual drop in footfall occur on virtually every day, but also across all geographies.  And even more significant was the fact that the universal decline in footfall across geographies occurred in all three destination types. The sole increase in footfall took place in Northern Ireland’s high streets, where footfall rose annually by 8%.”

According to Springboard shopping centres recorded significant drops in footfall on both Sunday and Monday; down 4.5% on Sunday and 9.2% on Monday.

The impact on shopping centres is likely to be a result of the favourable weather encouraging shoppers towards external locations, but the drop in retail parks was unexpected given the rise in footfall on all three bank holiday days last year.



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