Footfall dips throughout UK

Published:  31 August, 2016

Latest Springboard data shows a -4.4 per cent decrease for shopping centres 

Despite hot weather last week, footfall declined by -1 per cent across UK retail destinations; with even the combination of the pay weekend, back to school shopping and Bank Holiday Saturday not being enough to uplift footfall into positive territory.  Shopping centres recorded a decline of -4.4 per cent and retail parks saw a fall in activity of -2.3 per cent.  Footfall in high streets, however, rose by +1.2 per cent

The poor results in shopping centres and retail parks were not a consequence of adverse performance of a particular geography, but a drop in footfall in virtually all areas of the UK.  The only parts of the UK in which footfall in shopping centres rose was in the South East (by +1 per cent); and in retail parks increases were limited to +1.9 per cent in Scotland and +0.7 per cent in Wales.  Indeed, in all parts of the UK apart from in Scotland (where footfall dropped by -1.7 per cent), declines in footfall in shopping centres were in excess of -5 per cent, reaching -7.7 per cent in Wales and -7.2 per cent in the West Midlands.

Contrastingly, high street footfall rose in six areas and averaged +2.9 per cent, with just four areas recording drops which averaged -2.1 per cent.  To some degree the overall result for high streets belies their strong performance, as in five of the six areas in which footfall rose, the uplift was greater than +3 per cent, reaching +4.5 per cent in Northern Ireland.

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