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UK shopping centres hit by poor weather

Footfall across UK shopping centres fell last week compared to the previous week as wet weather kept shoppers at home over the weekend.

According to the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and Path Intelligence, the index that combines footfall and time spent for visitor, fell by 0.5% to 85. The index also dropped by 6.2% on a year-on-year basis for the week commencing January 27.

Matthew Parker, chief executive of Path Intelligence, said: “The week’s business tracked positively on the year until Thursday; then many schemes saw very weak traffic through the weekend, which was likely due to poor weather conditions over the weekend (which included heavy rain, strong winds and snow in some parts).”

However he added: “Dwell time for those that did shop remained robust for the week.” 

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