It is unsurprising given the boost of the previous two weeks and the anticipation of Black Friday offers next week, that footfall to all retail locations dropped last week by -1.4 per cent according to Springboard. This follows a trend for the same week last year when figures fell -3.0 per cent and in 2014 (-2.3 per cent) since Black Friday was introduced as a significant event in the UK that footfall sees a dip in the 2 weeks before.
Retail park numbers rose just +0.6 per cent against last year, on par with the annual increase for the same week in 2015 which increased +0.7 per cent. Greater London saw the largest boost in retail park visitors +5.0 per cent against last year, with only North and Yorkshire and the East Midlands experiencing declines in numbers with results of -1.6 per cent and -0.7 per cent respectively.
High streets and shopping centres however both dropped -2.0 per cent with neither significant events nor weather to encourage a differentiator to entice consumers to polarise between the location types across the UK as a whole. The difference can be seen at regional level with just the South East seeing an increase in shopping centre numbers (+0.9 per cent), whilst high street numbers rose in 4 of the 10 regions but with a greater variation in performance from -7.3 per cent in the East Midlands to +5.2 per cent in Scotland.