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.
Another week, another rise in UK retail footfall. Visits to retail destinations rose yet again last week, up 0.5%, wholly driven by an increase in high street visits, according to retail experts Springboard.
Pent-up shopper enthusiasm continues to grow. With the countdown to non-essential retail opening in the UK next month, weekly footfall rose for the seventh time in eight consecutive weeks, according to Springboard.