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Spring weather boosts footfall

Last week’s spring weather helped to boost footfall across the UK by 0.7% compared to the same period last year, data from Springboard has shown.

The increase was driven by high streets, up 0.5%, and retail parks, up 2.9%, while shopping centres dropped by 0.7%.

Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at Springboard, said: “The drop of in shopping centres is a frequently occurring trend when weather improves suddenly, as consumers migrate to external shopping environments, but it is also synonymous with the long term impact on centres of closures of a number of multiple retailers and the ongoing lack of diversity in covered shopping environments.”


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