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Snow keeps people away from shopping centres and high streets

Footfall to shopping centres and high streets fell last week, as snow kept shoppers at bay in the West Midlands, the North of England and Yorkshire, and customers waited for payday.

According to data from Springboard, for the week ending February 1, shopping centre footfall fell by 3.3% year-on-year, high streets by 0.9% and retail parks once again bucked the trend by posting a 1% increase.

Springboard’s director of retail insights Diane Wehrle said: “Shopping Centres felt the greatest impact of the snow and pre-payday squeeze, with footfall falling 3.3% against the same week last year on top of a decline of 4.2% for that week against 2013, illustrating the impact of the January spend on leisurely shopping as opposed to the convenience and speed associated with retail parks.”

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