Fewer shoppers headed out for the Boxing Day sales again this year due to continuous discounting from Black Friday weekend.
The latest Springboard figures show that UK footfall was down 4.2% for the period up to 12pm, compared to the same hours last year. It marks a decline in Boxing Day footfall for three consecutive years.
Shopping centres witnessed the worst decline of 6.7%, followed by out-of-town retail sites with a decline of 4.8%.
High streets fared the best, although still saw a decline of 2.8%.
Compared to ‘Super Saturday’ on 22 December, Boxing Day footfall was down 10%.
Over the last few years a third of footfall for Boxing Day has been generated by 12pm, so the early figures suggest an overall decline in 2018.