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Northern Ireland leads footfall in the UK for June

Footfall in Northern Ireland rose 11.8% in June compared with 2013, beating shopper numbers in Wales and Scotland, which declined 1.4%and 0.6% respectively.

Overall, footfall across the UK for the month fell by 0.7% year on year, according to Springboard. This follows a 0.2% fall in May and is below the three-month average of a 0.3% decline.

The high street was the worst affected, with a 1.7% decline year on year, while shopper numbers in shopping centres dropped 1.2%. Retail parks reported the only rise, with a 2.4% increase on 2013 for June.

Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at Springboard, said: “Once again, Northern Ireland recorded strong growth in footfall. However, this increase does need to be put into the correct context of an improvement that commenced later than it did elsewhere. However, it is encouraging that footfall in Northern Ireland has increased in each of the last four months this year and that the rate of increase is not slowing, suggesting that the turnaround, while starting later, is gaining momentum.’’

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