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Shoppers flock to retail parks over wet bank holiday

Footfall to covered retail destinations spiked over the bank holiday weekend as people sought shelter from the rain.

High street footfall was down 0.1% on last year, but footfall to retail parks and shopping centres rose 8.5% and 6.2% respectively, according to data firm Springboard.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “Favourable inflation rates, low unemployment and UK-wide pay rises are enabling shoppers to spend in comfort and they were out in force across UK shopping centres and retail parks this weekend, enjoying the benefit of the August payday falling before the long weekend and just in time ahead of the new school term.”

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