Retail footfall up 6% last week
New data has shown that UK retail footfall increased by 6% in the week to Saturday compared to the previous seven days as retailers benefited from the impact of the last week of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.
On a year-on-year basis, footfall declined by 26.1% to mark a noticeable improvement on the year-on-year drop of 30.7% in the week before.
The figures from retail specialist Springboard show that shopping centres performed the best with footfall rising by 9.1% due to the rainy weather encouraging more people to shop indoors.
Meanwhile, footfall in high streets and retail parks climbed by 4.8% and 5% respectively.
Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “The last full week of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme led to the most positive footfall result of any week so far with increases in all three destination types from the week before, and year on year declines that were the most modest since the start of the lock down. Not only did the week as a whole yield far more positive results those previously but, given the situation we find ourselves in and the much cooler weather this year, the Bank Holiday weekend proved to be a remarkable success for retail destinations.”
Footfall in central London increased by 6.8% in the week but was still 55.4% down on the corresponding week last year.
Photo by Georgia Hawkins
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