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UK footfall on a continued decline

Footfall across the UK continued to decline for September, falling 1.7% on the same month last year, according to Springboard.

The hardest hit areas were Wales, where footfall was down 5.5%, and the East which saw a decline of 5.3% compared to a fall of 1.7% year-on-year in August. No regions achieved growth for the five weeks from 26 August to 29 September.

High Street footfall fell by 2.2% while shopping centres were down 2.5%. Retail parks saw minimal growth of 0.1%.

The disappointing results are being linked to the warm weather with many retailers hoping for a cold snap to spark autumnal purchases. Pressure on household budgets was also a factor. The BRC-Nielsen Shop Prices recorded their second month of inflation in over five-years, but wage growth continues to be slow leaving consumers with little disposable income.

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