Some consumers are finding it hard to stay at home. It seems footfall across all UK retail destinations rose last week, despite lockdown restrictions and the onset of winter weather in many parts of the country.
This won't come as a surprise to many people but 2020 was the year that annual footfall dropped to its lowest level ever recorded. It was down 39.1% in the UK as the pandemic changed the retail industry forever.
It’s no surprise that UK footfall has fallen as England’s third lockdown kicks in. But it’s perhaps more shocking that the smallest fall is in London and the South East where Covid infection rates are highest.
Footfall to UK stores declined by as much as 23.2% last week compared to the week before. The biggest drop was seen in shopping centres that fell nearly 32%, while high streets were down 22%, and retail parks 17%.
Footfall to UK retail destinations was a big disappointment immediately after Christmas as Boxing Day (December 26), which used to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year, was hit by lockdowns.
It was a terrible end to a weak pre-Christmas trading period. No surprises that Christmas Eve, traditionally the most intensive selling day on the festive calendar, was a virtual washout, figures from Springboard show.
In what turned out to be a final pre-Christmas shopping hurrah, UK footfall across all retail destinations rose 2.3% last week (Sunday 13 December to Saturday 19 December), according to the latest data from Springboard.