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.”