Nestled between the post sales period and January payday, it is unsurprising that last week saw a fall in visitor numbers to retail destinations by -2.4 per cent against last year. That said, numbers fell just -0.3 per cent against the previous week with high streets pulling down the overall week on week result – a likely result of the colder weather.
Overall, shopping centres saw the greatest drop, falling -4.3 per cent against last year, albeit with an increase against the previous week of +0.8 per cent. But with declines of -1.9 per cent and -1.3 per cent respectively neither high streets nor retail parks last year were able to capitalise in the change in consumer shopping venue preferences.
The East region alone saw an uplift to all three location types as numbers increased overall by +2.0 per cent against last year. The remainder of the country saw a comprehensive decline with sporadic pockets of improvement - Welsh high streets increased annually by +7.5 per cent against last year and Retail Parks in Scotland rose +3.2 per cent against last year as highlights.