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Sunshine brings out shoppers in force

Sunny weather led retail footfall to rise 3.9% last week, compared with the same week in 2017. 

The latest figures from retail consultancy Springboard showed that high street retailers led the way with a 5.2% jump in the week beginning 15 April. Retail parks and shopping centres posted growth of 3.2% and 1.9% respectively.

The warmer weather prompted shoppers to stock up on new-season collections, leading to the first weekly footfall increase in four months.

The news will come as a welcome relief to retailers after the ongoing cold weather suppressed retail sales in the first quarter

Although footfall was up as a national average across all types of locations, there were regional variations for shopping centre numbers: Scotland, Wales and the West Midlands recorded slight dips against last year.

Greater London showed the biggest rise across all types of shopping locations, of 6.5% year on year.

Overall footfall week-on-week grew by 2.1% from the period beginning 15 April, compared with the previous week.

The figures show significant improvement on the same week in 2017, when footfall declined by 5.3%, hampered by the inclusion of Easter Monday.



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