Footfall recovers to levels previously seen last August


Footfall across all UK retail destinations is edging closer to the levels seen at this time of year before the pandemic.

The number of shoppers was down by 19.9% in the week of April 18 to 26, compared to the same period in 2019, the closest to pre-covid levels of -25% last August.

Retail parks continue to recover faster than any other type of shopping destination, and footfall is now 2% higher than the same week of 2019.

Shopping centres are 25.5% quieter than in 2019 and high streets are 27.2% less busy.

Non essential shops in Scotland and Northern Ireland were still closed last week, so footfall was down by 50% in both nations.

Across England, footfall was down last week by between 10.8% in North and Yorkshire and just over 18% in Greater London and the East Midlands.

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard commented: “The positive news for bricks and mortar retail continues, as the gap in footfall last week from the same week in 2019 continued to narrow, with the week ending at a higher level than at the previous peak at the end of August 2020.”



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