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High streets suffer annual footfall drop

High streets in almost every part of the UK suffered an annual decline in footfall last week, despite Mother’s Day weekend and spring weather boosting week on week shopper numbers.

The dip was felt most in the West Midlands, which recorded a 7.8% fall compared with previous year, as well as a 1.3% drop against the week before.

Shoppers in Wales were up a marginal 0.1% on the last seven days, but down 5.7% on 2014. In February the country saw the largest drop of overall shoppers in the UK year on year.

As a total, high street visits fell 2.1% against the same period in 2014 but grew 0.8% week on week; with Ireland and the east of England up 8% and 5.6% respectively.

Shopping centres as a whole enjoyed an increase of 5.2% annually and 3.4% week on week. Retail parks rose 5% year on year and 3.4% on a seven day basis. All regions except Wales posted week on week and year on year increases for both locations.

The largest week on week gains were seen in the East Midlands, where retail park shoppers rocketed up 79.9% and shopper centres climbed 6.7%.

@LukeToddUK

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