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Footfall falls back
Published:  13 June, 2017

Recent gains undone as school holidays end, reports Springboard

Following a buoyant few weeks, as schools returned to term time as has footfall dropped once more with an overall annual decline of -2.6 per cent for last week. Alongside the bank holiday Monday of the previous week it is unsurprising that footfall dropped -7.4 per cent from the previous week. The decline however was not felt across all location types with retail parks maintaining growth in numbers against last year.

Retail park performance against last year varied dramatically across the country ranging from a decline in the South West of -3.7 per cent through to an increase of +9.1 per cent in the East. With 7 of the 9 recorded regions seeing growth, there was an overall uplift of +1.4 per cent. Although retail park performance year to date has now slipped into a positive - up +0.3 per cent year-to-date against last year – the rate of growth is still far slower than last year which recorded an annual year-to-date increase of +2.0 per cent at this point last year.

The annual drop in numbers came from shopping centres and high streets which declined -1.5 per cent and -4.8 per cent respectively. This is only the 3rd largest drop in High Street performance this year with declines in all but Wales which saw a resilient +4.7 per cent against last year, however all other regions fell in excess of -3.0 per cent. Shopping centre performance was less dramatic in volume change but nevertheless, only the East, Scotland and West Midlands saw an increase in traffic.