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Last Underground strike cut London shopping centre footfall by 8.7%

Following news of more strike action to take place on London Underground on 25 and 27 August, data from British Council of Shopping Centres has revealed that on the day of the last London tube strike on 6 August, footfall in London’s shopping centres fell by 8.7% compared with the same day last year.

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Last Underground strike cut London shopping centre footfall by 8.7%

Footfall also dropped on the day before the strike with a fall of 6.4%, as shoppers anticipated the industrial action and associated travel disruption.

The BCSC Footfall survey showed that during the strike of 9 July, shopping centres in London experienced an 8.9% drop in footfall compared with the same day in the previous year.

Edward Cooke, director of policy and public Affairs at British Council of Shopping Centres, said: “The new BCSC FootFall data sheds light on the extent of the economic repercussions of the last tube strike and suggests we can expect similar interruption later this month.

“Again, strike action will disproportionately affect thousands of small retailers across London, as well as the larger retail brands.

“The retail industry will be watching closely, hoping for a resolution and avoidance of further disruption for shoppers and businesses.”

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