Experian said the figures were somewhat skewed because New Year's Day fell later in the week than last year. On Monday this week, footfall was up 17.9% on teh same day last year, which was New Year's Eve.
Anita Manan, senior analyst at Experian Business Strategies said: "The Sales will not be able to continue for too much longer and this weekend will be critical for retailers as they focus on shifting stock. It will be difficult to avoid January blues, but it will be survival of the fittest as retailers withstand from becoming insolvent."
"Consumers will also become more focussed on purchasing necessity products, limiting the numbers purchasing luxury items to the carefree consumers with disposable income. Alongside limited footfall, retailers are also faced with the competition of channels available for shopping."