September saw footfall drop by –2.1 per cent over the month from August and by -2.9 per cent from September 2012.
This is the twelfth month in a row in which footfall in shopping centres has declined on an annual basis, and at the end of the third quarter of the year footfall now stands at -2.7 per cent down on the same nine month period last year. This contrasts sharply with the result for September 2012 when footfall increased annually by +1.8 per cent, and the result for the nine months to September 2012 when the average annual change stood at -0.3 per cent.
The drop in footfall was spread throughout the UK, with every region apart from the East recording a decline in September, and in three regions the extent of the decrease was more than -5 per cent. In only one region – Greater London – has footfall increased annually over the nine months of this year (by +1.6 per cent). In all other regions over the year to date, footfall has declined by an average -3.8 per cent, with the drop exceeding -3 per cent in five regions.
The footfall results for September are unsurprising in light of the results for UK sales issued by the BRC which reported that the +0.7 per cent in retail sales was driven by electrical and leisure goods – typically out of town purchases – and that excluding online sales clothing and footwear would have recorded a decline in sales.