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Retail Footfall Immediately Impacted By New Restrictions

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Springboard data shows that for the week of 13th October, retail footfall was down 35.2% year-on-year, and -6.5% week on week. 

Diane Werhle, Marketing and Insights Director of Springbaord, said:

"The additional Covid restrictions had an immediate impact on footfall in retail destinations last week with an across the board week on week decline; the fourth consecutive drop and also greater than that in previous weeks. The drop in footfall was equally severe across all three destination types, although on an annual basis retail parks continue to remain by far the most resilient. Notwithstanding this, the year on year decline in footfall in all three destination types accelerated once again, with the largest gap between this year and last year for nine weeks. 

"Somewhat inevitably, given the advice for people to work from home and the increased restrictions on travel, footfall regional cities declined by significantly more than in smaller towns around the UK. The drop in footfall in regional cities outside Central London was twice that in the capital, undoubtedly a function of the fact that footfall has already declined in Central London by far more than elsewhere. It is also no surprise that the drop in footfall in the North & Yorkshire region was more severe than in any other area of the UK. 

The 10pm closure of hospitality is having a clear impact on high street activity during the evening, with far greater declines in footfall post 6pm than over the daytime trading period of 9am to 6pm. This is UK wide with the exception of Wales, where high street footfall across the day rose last week from the week before."

Source : Springboard

Image : I. Salci / Shutterstock.com (1756835096)

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21 October 2020

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