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Valentine's Day and half term boost high street footfall

Footfall was boosted last week by Valentine’s Day and half term, according to data from Springboard.

High street footfall rose by 4.2% over the week beginning February 8, and rose 0.8% in shopping centres when compared to the same week last year. Compared to the week before, high street footfall increased 3%, and was up 3.7% in shopping centres.

“Valentines Day shoppers and half term across most of the country has brought a welcome boost to urban retail environments with high streets and shopping centres experiencing a significant rise in footfall for last week,” said Springboard marketing and insights director Dian Wehrle.

“The high street [experienced a] double digit growth in four regions, with a peak in the East, East Midlands, West Midlands and Scotland in excess of 10% against 2014.

“Following a difficult January for most retail locations other than out of town parks, this is a welcome change in circumstance.”

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