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Retail Footfall Dips As Weather Worsens

Rain SHopper Shopping - Jason Batterham Shutterstock 671551474

Wet and cooler weather affected retail footfall during week 17, according to Springboard data.

Springboard Index - Week 17 2021

2021 vs 2021: +263.6%

2021 vs 2019: -25.9%

Week-on-week: -2.0%

Diane Wehrle, Springboard Marketing and Insights Director, said:  

"Footfall across UK retail destinations dipped a little last week from the week before, driven by fewer shoppers visiting high streets whilst in retail parks and shopping centres customer activity rose. In part, this is likely to have been due to the rain and cooler temperatures in the second half of the week in a number of areas across the UK which will have deterred shoppers from external locations.

Despite this, activity rose in regional cities outside of London, whilst in tourist destinations and smaller high streets it declined, suggesting that the appeal of major stores that are present in large city centres was enough to offset the less favourable weather. The uplift in footfall in both Scotland and Northern Ireland following the opening of non-essential retail last week was significant, with these being the only areas of the UK where footfall rose from the week before.

Over the bank holiday weekend, however, footfall across the UK strengthened once more, increasing from the previous week on both Saturday and Sunday although Monday was adversely impacted by the wind and rain."

Source : Springboard

Image : Jason Batterham / (671551474)

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05 May 2021

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