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Shopping centres and retail parks benefit from bargain hunter footfall

Shoppers looking for holiday clothes and mid-season bargains flocked to shopping centres and retail parks last week.

In the week beginning June 29, footfall to retail parks rose 3.5% and 0.5% to shopping centres compared with last year, according to research by Springboard.

Retail park footfall rose 0.1% and shopping centres 1.8% on the week before.

However, while the number of people shopping on the high street was up 1.5% on the previous week, it was 2.1% down on last year, dragging the overall footfall index down by 0.2% year-on-year.

Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard, said: “Destination shoppers looking for holiday wear and mid-season bargains have contributed to a welcome uplift for shopping centres.

“The prospect for high streets was not so sunny as, despite a week-on-week rise, footfall dropped annually.”

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