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June sunshine boosts footfall

Footfall across the UK’s retail destinations edged up 0.8% in June compared with the same period in 2016, thanks to soaring summer temperatures during the month.

High street footfall grew by 0.9% in the four weeks from 28 May to 1 July, up on the previous year’s 3.7% decline, according to the British Retail Consortium and Springboard’s footfall monitor.

Footfall increased by 0.5% on a three-month basis, marginally down on a 0.7% rise in the previous two months.

Retail parks saw the largest spike climbing 2.3% in June compared with a 1% dip at the same point last year.

Meanwhile footfall at shopping centres slipped by 0.8%, recording a shallower result than the 2.3% decrease seen last June.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: “High streets and retail parks saw solid growth in footfall, as shoppers headed out to renew their wardrobes and purchase other seasonal items. Most parts of the UK benefitted from these sun fuelled shopping outings, with the East of England especially witnessing brisk growth.

“Amidst economic uncertainty and mounting concern over the inflationary squeeze on household incomes, sustaining growth in shopper footfall will be challenging, more so as retailers seek to convert that into an improved performance at tills.”

Springboard marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle said the trend in consumer behaviour towards leisure trips after retail trading hours helped drive rising footfall numbers after 5pm.

“The better weather supported the increase in footfall during daytime hours. Indeed, the cumulative impact of both these factors accounts for the weaker footfall performance in shopping centres compared with high streets and retail parks.”

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