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Sunshine brings shoppers onto the high street

Footfall in June improved marginally, rising from the decline seen in May according to figures from the British Retail Consortium/Springboard.

Shopping areas across the UK were busier in June with total footfall rising 0.1%, up from a 0.7% decline in May.

The high street recorded a 1.4% rise in footfall, with out of town locations increasing by 0.6%. Shopping centre locations however recorded a fall of 3%.

Greater London (2.4%), Wales (2.3%), the West Midlands (1.3%) and Scotland (1.2%) all reported a rise in footfall above the UK average.

BRC director general Helen Dickinson said shoppers have been taking advantage of the promotions available at the moment in stores.

She added: “The improvement in the weather may well have contributed to this. Our recent retail sales figures showed a strong performance from fashion and footwear and it is likely that shoppers took advantage of the start of the sunshine in June to visit their local high street and buy items for their summer wardrobes.”

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