Footfall rises year-on-year

Published:  27 June, 2017

Springboard records growth against weak comparable

Footfall performance for last week provides a stark contrast to the same week last year. With political change and uncertainty becoming more of the norm and sunshine throughout the country, in comparison to a surprise Brexit vote and heavy rains in the comparative week last year, footfall saw an increase in numbers to all location types by +2.1 per cent, albeit dropping slightly by -0.9 per cent against the previous week.

Retail parks produced the strongest result, with an annual uplift of +4.5 per cent, with increases in every region and nation, led by the East which increased by +12.2 per cent. Retail parks also had the greatest resilience against the previous week, with five of the nine regions seeing a week-on-week increase, although still falling by -0.2 per cent overall.

Shopping centres saw an annual increase of +0.9 per cent last week, admittedly against a drop in 2016 of -5.0 per cent, however being only the fifth week of 2017 that shopping centre numbers have increased year on year, all but three regions contributed to the increase with Greater London leading the march with an uplift of +4.5 per cent. Shopper numbers also only dropped by -0.9 per cent against the previous week, showing more resilience week on week than High Streets which fell -1.3 per cent.

Set against the heavy rains of 2016 in a week which footfall fell annually -5.7 per cent, the high street result for this year of +1.7 per cent is not surprising, however, it does also reinforce the relative resurgence of high street footfall in 2017 after several years of decline. Year-to-date high street footfall is up 0.1 per cent against the previous year and numbers have risen 13 out of 25 weeks.

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