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High street footfall drops across the UK

High street footfall fell 7.3% last week as figures were skewed by the Easter weekend, according to data exclusively shared with Drapers by Springboard.

Retail parks fared better, up 3.2% week-on-week, while shopping centres also slighty improved, up 0.4% for the week. Overall, however, footfall figures fell by 3% for the week beginning April 21.

Footfall in Scotland was hit the hardest, down 13% overall. It was followed by Wales, which was down 9%, and the West Midlands, which dropped 5.3%.

The South East was the only territory that saw an increase in footfall, up 0.8% for the week.

Springboard retail insights director Diane Wehrle said: “The figures this week, although skewed by the Easter weekend against a normal weekend last year, still show the current strength in retail park performance. So far this year, retail parks have outperformed the other retail locations consistently as shoppers as heading to out of town for convenience.”

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