Footfall across UK retail destinations dipped 4.2% week-on-week in the seven-day 5-11 September period, with shopping centres and retail parks bearing the brunt of the decline, latest Springboard figures show.
City centre retail has suffered from the pandemic as tourists haven’t returned in large numbers and office workers stay home. But there’s hope, with signs of office workers returning to semi-normal working patterns.
Footfall across all UK retail destinations rose 4.9% week-on-week for the seven days from August 22-28, boosted by the lead up to the summer’s final bank holiday weekend. High streets led the way with a rise of 6.9%.
Footfall in Central and Greater London continued to outpace the rest of the UK in the latest week, says Springboard. Total footfall across the country’s retail destinations fell 1.7% in the 15-21 September period.
Footfall across UK destinations rose by a meagre 0.9% week-on-week in the last seven days (11-17 July). But expect footfall to jump almost 20% this 'Freedom Week' across the country, predicts Springboard.
Football may have gripped the nation last week, but footfall in UK retail destinations mostly snoozed for the seven days spanning 4-10 July. It was up just 0.6% last week, reported Springboard on Monday.
Footfall in UK city centres may be starting to regain lost ground, but Central London is still lagging other parts of the UK. That said, London is starting to catch up after suffering a footfall plunge in the pandemic.