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Shopper footfall resilient last week despite riots

Shopper traffic remained resilient last week, despite widespread rioting and looting during which retailers were targeted.

Footfall was down 1.5% week-on-week and 4% year-on-year, the Experian Retail Footfall Index showed.

Experian reported: “Whilst rioting impacted shopping patterns, most markedly in the London Boroughs, consumers have been quick to get back to business as usual.

“On Thursday and Friday consumers’ confidence returned and the index shows an improvement in shopper levels, down only 2.7% on last year. Retail parks remained unaffected - the index reports a decline of 0.7% compared to the same week last year.”

The BDO High Street Sales Tracker showed overall fashion sales were down 4.3% for the week to August 14, with clothing down 4.6% and footwear down 2.7%.

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