Footfall on the rise

Published:  11 July, 2017

Warm weather continues to draw out shoppers, finds Springboard

The warm summer weather continued to bring people outdoors last week with an increase of +0.5 per cent in footfall against the same week last year. This is in comparison to a small drop of -0.9 per cent in 2016 when numbers were likely effected by footfall fans watching the Euros. Footfall also increased +2.8 per cent against the previous week, following a trend of steady weekly increase.

Managed retail locations once again polarised in performance with retail parks experiencing a growth of +1.1 per cent in contrast to an annual drop of -2.4 per cent in shopping centre performance. The contrast is further demonstrated through regional performance with retail park numbers rising in all but two regions with an increase variance between North and Yorkshire which saw a rise of +0.01 per cent and the East, which jumped +9.5 per cent against last year. Shopping centre annual performance struggled in all but Wales and the West Midlands which increased +0.3 per cent and +0.01 per cent respectively.

As has been the trend for much of this year, high street footfall outperformed the other locations with an increase of +1.7 per cent against last year. This increase flowed from all but 3 regions and nations with a high of +6.3 per cent in the South East. This growth in high street numbers reinforces the positive year for the location type so far, with a year to date of +0.16 per cent, this is the first year since prior to 2009 that high street numbers have seen growth at this mid-point of the year with the closest comparative performance of -0.16 per cent YTD in 2014.

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