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Footfall recovers to levels previously seen last August

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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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