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Shopper numbers fall by a third on Kate and Will's big day

Shopper numbers plunged by a third on the day of the royal wedding as millions of people tuned in to watch the nuptials.

Figures from Experian show a 33% drop in footfall on Friday April 29. Numbers peaked on the Thursday before the big day when shoppers stocked up on items ahead of the wedding and bank holiday weekend, with footfall up 21.4%.

Despite predictions of a bounceback in numbers on Saturday footfall dropped 10.2% and then was down by 11.1% on Sunday.  Many people had taken the short week between the bank holidays as annual leave, a key factor in the lacklustre figures.

In the week commencing April 25, running up to the royal wedding, footfall increased by 0.1% week-on-week, it represented a 4% drop year-on-year but the figures were skewed by the fall of Easter last year.

Footfall on the bank holiday Monday after Easter fell 14.4% year-on-year, Tuesday April 26 saw footfall rise 15.2% and Wednesday April 27 a 9.7% increase.

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