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Lacklustre August as high street footfall slips again

Footfall in August was 1.6% lower than a year ago and below the three-month average of 1.4%, as high streets and shopping centres continued to bring down the national figures.

High street footfall fell by 2.3% during the month and shopping centre footfall by 2.8%, while retail parks increased by 1.7%, according to the BRC/Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor.

Nine regions and counties reported a decline in footfall, four of which, including the West Midlands and Wales, had a footfall rate lower than the UK average. The East Midlands was the only region to report positive footfall growth, albeit marginally at 0.04%.

“The continued decline in footfall in shopping centres and on the high street is disappointing, but not surprising,” said Helen Dickinson, director general of the British Retail Consortium.

“The fact that the number of visitors to retail parks has dipped below the three-month average is also a clear sign of a lacklustre August. However, it is worth noting that these figures do not take into account the last two days of August (the Sunday and Bank holiday Monday) which will, hopefully, add some cheer to the numbers in September.”


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