The arrival of sunny weather concentrated on the peak days of Saturday and Sunday have no doubt encouraged consumers out of doors and into purchasing both this seasons trends as well as gardening and DIY projects.
With the dual combination of offer of DIY / Gardening and fashion it is unsurprising that retail park footfall increased last week by +2.9 per cent beating their average weekly rise for the year so far of +2.5 per cent. Shopping centre footfall was flat for last week (0.0 per cent) for the second week in a row against last year, a positive performance following the steady declines of 2015 and a reinforcement of the beginnings of improvement with a year to date of just –1.2 per cent compared to the –1.5 per cent at the same point last year. The South East saw the greatest increase, with a rise of +4.3 per cent against last year as shoppers polarised away from high streets, which dropped –0.3 per cent in the same region.
Visitors to high streets increased +0.5 per cent against last year, only the fifth week this year that high streets have seen a growth in visitor numbers. The rise was led by Scotland and Northern Ireland reporting annual increases of +7.8 per cent and 10.0 per cent respectively, however five UK regions fell as a likely result of the rainfall which plagued much of the South and Midlands midweek.