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Warm weather impacts retail footfall

Footfall to retail locations around the UK fell by 0.8% in July as the warm weather turned consumer’s attention to eating and drinking out.

Shopping centres suffered the deepest decline as the number of visitors slumped by 3.4%, according to the BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor. High street footfall increased by 0.3% but retail parks were hit by a 0.5% decline.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “The hot, dry weather in July turned consumers’ attentions to eating, drinking and enjoying the outdoors. That provided a small lift for high streets as shoppers popped out to grab food, drink and fans to keep cool. However, the heat sapped shoppers’ stamina for longer trips with both retail parks and shopping centres seeing footfall sink.”

Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard, added: “Inevitably the hot weather in July impacted visits to retail destinations as the attraction of external environments and non-retail experiences lured consumers away from stores. But the fact that footfall in high streets rose marginally and only declined slightly in retail parks whilst dropping by -3.4% in shopping centres, gives the greatest insight into consumer trends.”  

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