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Wet bank holiday dampens footfall 

The rainy weather hit footfall in retail parks, shopping centres and on the high street this weekend, with double digit drops recorded across the majority of UK regions. 

Ireland and Scotland were the only areas to report a growth in footfall, up 7.1% and 2.7% respectively, according to data gathered by Springboard. Overall, across the weekend, UK footfall fell by 5.4%.

Glimpses of sunshine on Saturday and Sunday failed to draw shoppers to the UK high street, which showed a 7.3% drop on average. Shopping centre footfall was also down 6.3%, while out-of-town retail parks fared better, up 0.5%.

On Monday, footfall dropped 14.5% overall during the first half of the day. Springboard recorded data up to midday.

The figures suggested that many people opted for shopping locally. In regional city centres – which often involve a longer journey for shoppers – footfall fell by 5.6%, while in coastal towns it dropped by 13.5%.

Diane Wehrle, retail and insights director at Springboard, said: “Falling just before pay day and with the bleak trends over the last five years it was, as we expected, another tough trading weekend for retailers.

“While we saw some positive results from smaller shopping centres, retail parks continue to triumph over the high street and [larger] shopping centres. A drizzly Monday forecast and chilly winds has deterred most people, who opted to stay local rather than experience a wash out weekend away.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • The Bank Holiday period is always over rated by retailers. I don't know where they think the extra money is going to come from because it isn't there. It's usually a decent weekend, like almost any other, but not a great one.

    By and large, the typical consumer will spend when he has money to spend, not because it happens to be a Bank Holiday - That philosophy died out in the 90's - An era that some retailers are still stuck in.

    Ever heard of the internet and ebay?

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