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Referendum and heavy rain knocks footfall

Footfall fell sharply last week as the heavy rain and uncertainty following the referendum led to shopper levels dropping by 4.6% compared to the year before.

Figures from Springboard showed that consumers were less inclinded to hit the shops following the Brexit vote, with footfall falling by 6.4% from Thursday June 23 to Saturday June 25, compared to a drop of 2.7% at the beginning of the week.

High street and shopping centres suffered the biggest fall compared to the same week in 2015, with a decline of 5.7% and 5% respectively. High street traffic fell in all regions apart from Wales, where footfall on high streets increased 2.2%. In stark contrast, the number of shoppers heading out to high streets in the West Midlands fell by 9.6%.

Visitors to retail parks fell 1.6% year on year. Most regions experienced a drop, apart from Wales where footfall was flat, Greater London where visitor numbers edged up 0.8% and the West Midlands where footfall increased 1.7%.


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