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Half-term footfall fails to shine

Footfall across UK high streets, retail parks and shopping centres rose by less than anticipated over the autumn half-term, Springboard has reported.

Footfall across all retail destinations for the week beginning 21 October fell 3.2% on the same week last year. It is the largest drop recorded in week 43 of the calendar year for five years, Springboard has said.

Although footfall rose across the board week-on-week, all regions of the UK except Greater London and Northern Ireland saw a year-on-year decline in high street footfall, with the east Midlands seeing a 9.8% fall, Scotland 9.1%, Wales 7.9% and the east of England 7.6%.

Overall high street footfall was down 3.7% on the same week in 2017. Shopping centre footfall was down 4.5% and retail park footfall fell 0.7%. 


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