Great to be back. Shoppers in Northern Ireland showed just how much the end of the lockdown meant over the May Bank Holiday weekend with over 136,000 visiting the Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon.
Footfall in UK retail destinations rose a modest 0.5% last week, despite continuing poor weather. And that albeit mildly positive number was driven by a stronger showing across high streets, particularly in London.
UK retail may be open for business again, but some smaller traders are far from happy at the speed of the revival, with campaign group Save The Street calling for government help to stimulate local spending.
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.
It’s a factor guaranteed to dent consumer enthusiasm. Bad weather. Footfall across all UK retail destinations declined by 2% week-on-week in the seven days between Sunday 25 April and Saturday 1 May, reports Springboard.
There was more good news for UK Retail on Monday as Scotland reopened its non-essential stores for the first time in months, the West End of London saw strong footfall and the rest of the country did too.
Pent-up demand to shop in a real store is simmering nicely and provides optimism for a bounceback from 12 April’s reopening. That’s the less-than-surprising view from the Springboard Footfall Monitor, released Thursday.
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.