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Footfall figures: A right Royal weekend

The Jubilee celebrations brought jubilation to footfall figures with Experian Footfall reporting a surge in retail visitors for the week from May 28 to June 3.

  • 8.6% up compared to the week before
  • 1.9% down year-on-year
  • 11% year-on-year rise in footfall on Saturday
  • 4.1% year-on-year rise on Sunday
  • 7.5% rise in footfall for Saturday and Sunday compared with the Royal Wedding
  • 8.5% rise in London footfall on Saturday
  • 3.9% drop in London footfall on Sunday
  • 6.9% rise in footfall in retail parks week-on-week
  • 4% up in retail parks year-on-year
  • 17% rise in footfall at retail parks on Saturday compared to the previous year

Paul Farndon, customer service executive at Experian FootFall, said:

“Week on week there was an 8.6% increase in the National Footfall Index which may be partly due to the hot weather of the previous week and partly due to the Jubilee Festivities over the weekend.  Year-on-year there is a decrease of 1.9% which may be no surprise as in some regions half term is a week later due to the Jubilee bank holidays.

“Saturday is showing the largest rise in footfall, with a substantial 11% year-on year increase, probably helped by the beginning of the Jubilee celebrations with the Queen attending the Epsom Derby. Sunday also has shown a healthy increase of 4.1% year on year with people coming out in numbers in countless street parties.

“The London region has shown a surge in footfall on Saturday of 8.5% year on year, with the British people appearing to ignore the abysmal weather conditions. However, Sunday is a different story with a 3.9% decrease year-on-year, with people choosing to gather for the Thames River Pageant rather than attend the shopping centres.

“Compared to the Royal Wedding weekend last year, the National Footfall Index is 7.5% up for the Saturday and Sunday, showing the popularity of the Monarchy with the Queens Jubilee.

“Retail parks have performed even better year-on-year showing a 4% yearly increase, with Saturday showing a whopping 17% increase to last year.

“It will be interesting to see how the ongoing Jubilee festivities affect footfall for this week.”

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