Footfall index indicates Christmas rush
Shopper numbers up sharply
December 3 2002
Visitor numbers to shopping centre and retail outlets leapt in the week commencing November 25, with a week-on-week increase of 9.1 per cent, according to the FootFall Index.
The survey, which analyses traffic at 100 shopping centres and over 5,000 retail outlets across the UK, shows a steady increase since the beginning of November, rising by 3 per cent in the week of November 11 and a further 4.5 per cent in the week of November 18.
David Smyth, marketing manager at FootFall, said: “Despite growing concerns that the retail boom may finally have ended, according to the FootFall Index visitor numbers have increased by 1.6 per cent on the same week last year.
The FootFall Retail Sales Volume Indicator, a new tool developed by FootFall that provides an indication of retail sales figures three weeks before the Government’s ONS sales volume data, shows a 5.6 per cent increase year-on-year in November, and a 0.7 per cent increase month-on-month.
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