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Rise in footfall is 'no more than a break in the clouds'

Footfall across the UK rose 0.3% year on year in May, as high streets and retail parks enjoyed a boost over the bank holiday weekends.

Winchester high street

Winchester high street

High street footfall increased by 1.1% and retail park footfall by 1.2%, according to research firm Springboard. However, shopping centre footfall fell 2.1%

Springboard’s marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle warned the overall rise in footfall “does not necessarily mark the start of a positive trend”.

“The figures show the month’s footfall increase emanated from a 4.7% rise in the first week of the month stimulated by the May bank holiday weekend. For the rest of the month, footfall dropped by an average of 1.1%.”

She continued: “This is only the fourteenth time over the last six years that footfall has risen, and over this period footfall increased in two consecutive months only twice. We would need to see at least a three-month increase in footfall to indicate the upward trend spells anything more than a break in the clouds.

“With the uncertainty created by the EU referendum affecting consumer confidence, it will be challenging for this three-month trend to establish just now.”

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