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Shopper footfall grows in April

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Footfall across all UK retail locations increased by 1.6% last month, making it the fastest growing month since March 2014, according to the latest British Retail Consortium – BRC – Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor.

Overall high street footfall grew by 2.3%, while out of town retail parks increased by 2.7%, its fastest growth rate since January 2016. However, total shopping centre footfall fell by 0.6% in April.

“The Easter holidays boosted family visits to shopping destinations in April, resulting in the fastest annual growth of footfall since March 2014,” said BRC CEO Helen Dickinson. “The inclusion of the holidays in this period will have distorted this figure but even looking beyond this, the picture over the last quarter has been largely positive.

“As has been the trend for some months now, high streets across most of the UK attracted the largest increase in visitors out of all shopping destinations,” she added. “This translated into good news for stores too, which saw their fastest annual sales growth since January last year.”

Source: Insight Team

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16 May 2017

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