Poor spring weather over much of the UK hit shopper footfall numbers last week, although Scotland's retail reopening bought much brighter figures, according to latest reports from Springboard and Ipsos.
Predictions of poor Easter Weekend retail footfall ahead of the reopening of non-essential retail on 12 April were wide of the mark as activity across all destinations for the latest week increased again, figures show.
There’s an air of inevitability when it comes to UK footfall figures in these dark days of physical retail. So no surprises that shopper numbers for the week commencing 27 December plummeted 72.3% on a year ago.
Retailers enjoyed a brief but much-needed bounce ahead of Thursday’s new month-long lockdown in England, according to reports. Consumers headed out in force to shop before the blanket closure of ‘non-essential' stores.
Luxury shopping in the post-Covid era is seen again as an exclusive gratification, a localised, digital and sensorial experience through authentic, high-added-value products, according to market research firm Ipsos.
UK retail footfall continues to strengthen, although it’s still not where stores would want it to be and the return to normality will be slow. Store vacancy rates are up too, further undermining the rate of recovery.