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Footfall impacted by Plan B announcement

New figures have revealed that retail footfall dropped by 1.1% last week from the previous seven day period despite the fact that Plan B Covid-19 restrictions… View Article

SHOPPING CENTRES, HIGH STREETS & RETAIL PARKS

Footfall impacted by Plan B announcement

New figures have revealed that retail footfall dropped by 1.1% last week from the previous seven day period despite the fact that Plan B Covid-19 restrictions had not fully come into force.

The data from retail specialist Springboard shows that the number of visits to from Central London was down 3% from the week before while regional cities saw a 1.6% decline.

In contrast, footfall in market towns edged up 1.5%.

Looking at the different types of retail destination, footfall in high streets and retail parks declined by 2.7% and 0.04% respectively while the number visits to shopping centres rose by 1.1%. Springboard attributed this partly to Tuesday’s poor weather.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “The hoped for pre-Christmas boost in trading did not materialise last week, with footfall in UK retail destinations declining from the week before, all of which was driven by a reduction in activity in high streets. Footfall did rise in retail parks and shopping centres, but only by a marginal amount which wasn’t enough to deliver an uplift overall.

“Whilst Plan B restrictions, such as advice to work from home if possible, don’t come into force until today, it appears to have already had an impact last week, with a decline in Springboard’s Central London Back to the Office benchmark that was nearly double the drop in footfall in Central London as a whole.”

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