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Sunny weather hits shopping centre footfall

The sunny weather last week drove customers away from shopping centres, with footfall dropping 6% in the week to Sunday, an exclusive report for Drapers has found.

The Springboard Index suggests customers chose to make the most of the good weather by taking to the high street and retail parks, with footfall rising 2.6% and 1.6% respectively, compared to the same week a year before.

Week on week, high street retailers proved to be the winners, with footfall up 3.7% while retail parks and shopping centres suffered with visitors down 2.6% and 0.8%.

Across the UK, footfall was strongest at the East Midlands with numbers up 2.5% year on year. At the opposite end, footfall in the West Midlands fell 7%.

Diane Wehrle, director of retail insights at Springboard, said: “The significant fall to shopping centres indicates customers were making the most of the weather and heading to outdoor locations.”

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