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Sunshine tempts shoppers to the high street and retail parks

The sunshine lured customers to the high street and to retail parks last week, figures exclusive to Drapers showed.

Footfall on the high street increased 8.2% year on year in the week to March 16, while retail parks saw a 3.3% rise in visitors, according to the Springboard Index. Footfall to shopping centres dropped 0.7%.

Week on week was a different story, with overall footfall across the formats down 0.3%. Shopping centres fared the worst with a 2.6% fall in the week to March 16, compared to the same week a year ago. Footfall to the high street edged up 0.7% while retail parks also saw a slight increase of 0.3%.

East of England enjoyed the strongest growth in footfall year on year, with a 10.9% jump in visitors, closely followed by the South East with 10.7% and greater London with 6.1%.  

Diane Wehrle, director of retail insights at Springboard, said: “The onset of the spring weather has seen a resurgence in footfall to outdoor locations. High streets have seen a much welcome uplift as shoppers have basked in the warmer weather and updated their wardrobes. Retail parks are also doing well, maintaining their popularity seen consistently this year. Shopping centres have finally seen a marginal uplift this week of 0.1% year on year, although footfall has dropped week on week.”

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