Footfall grows in run-up to Christmas
New figures have shown that retail footfall across all UK retail destinations climbed by 19.5% last week from the previous seven day period.
The data from retail specialist Springboard shows there were respective uplifts of 26.3%, 21.1% and 9% in shopping centres, high streets and retail parks.
In addition, the number of visits to large city centres rose by 29.7% compared to growth of 20.9% in market towns. The biggest rise was seen in the UK’s largest shopping centres where footfall climbed by 35.5%.
Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “In the second week following the reopening of non-essential retail stores footfall across UK retail destinations continued to rise. The uplift was smaller than in the first week, but it was still significantly greater than in the second week following the reopening of retail in June, indicating the desire of shoppers to visit bricks and mortar stores in the run up to Christmas.”
However, Springboard’s figures show that footfall remains 29.9% lower than at the same time last year with the number of visits to high streets, shopping centres and retail parks down 38.1%, 33.2% and 8.6 % respectively.
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