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Out-of-town footfall strong as overall footfall weakens

Overall retail footfall continues to decline across the UK but the number of shoppers heading to out-of-town schemes continues to increase, according to data released by the British Retail Consortium and Springboard this morning (June 16).

Footfall in May was 0.2% down on a year ago, marginally down on the 0.1% year-on-year fall seen in April and below the three-month average of a 0.6% increase.

Footfall on the high street was 0.9% down on the previous year, but up on April’s fall of 1.4%. Out-of-town reported the only rise, coming in 3.3% higher than a year ago, while footfall in shopping centres was down 1.5% on the previous year. 

However, all regions and countries with the exception of Greater London (-1.6%), the West Midlands (-2.3%), the East Midlands (-3.0%) and Wales (-2.6%) reported positive footfall.

Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium director general, said: “This is the second successive month that footfall has eased back a touch, compared to the same period last year.

“However actual retail sales over the period have risen, which points to the continuing impact and popularity of online shopping particularly in non-food categories. Many retailers are increasingly adept at harnessing the internet and multichannel innovations to get through to consumers who might not have time to travel to the shops.”

Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at Springboard, added: ‘’The prevailing cautiousness amongst consumers means that the appeal of the retail park has inevitably had a negative impact on trips to other types of retail destination; alongside increases in footfall in retail parks in every month this year, footfall has dropped in high streets and shopping centres in four of the five months since January.’’

Readers' comments (1)

  • This won't have anything to do with free parking offered at these sites will it?
    Come on towns and cities. Get your acts together. Make yourselves more inviting.

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