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Retail footfall rises over 5% in Greater London as workers return to their desks

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Footfall across all UK retail destinations continued to rise in the first week of September with Greater London showing the fastest improvement.

Latest data from retail consultant Springboard shows footfall across all UK retail destinations rising by +0.4% from Sunday, August 30 to Saturday, September 5 compared to the previous week.

Footfall is now down by just 25%, year-on-year across the UK.

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People heading back to offices in the week after the August bank holiday appears to have boosted London more than other regions.

In Greater London’s high streets footfall rose by +5.3% from the week before, more than in any other area, further suggesting that employees are starting to return to their desks.

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard says: “The week of August bank holiday Monday, which for many households represented the first week that children returned to school, led to a modest rise in footfall across all UK retail destinations. Last week’s result was enough to continue the trend of recovery, delivering the best year on year result since the start of the lock down in March.”

All UK Destinations – Week beginning 30th August 2020 (Sunday to Saturday)
Year on year % change Week on week % change
EAST -19.6% 1.5%
EAST MIDLANDS -20.6% 1.9%
GREATER LONDON -28.3% 5.0%
NORTH & YORKSHIRE -21.6% 0.7%
SCOTLAND -30.1% 1.4%
SOUTH EAST -22.2% -0.1%
SOUTH WEST -19.6% -3.4%
WALES -22.0% -4.3%
WEST MIDLANDS -25.1% 0.3%
NORTHERN IRELAND -20.0% -5.5%

 

High Streets – Week beginning 30th August 2020 (Sunday to Saturday)
Year on year % change Week on week % change
EAST -20.9% 4.4%
EAST MIDLANDS -24.6% 4.7%
GREATER LONDON -40.9% 5.3%
NORTH & YORKSHIRE -22.9% 3.7%
SCOTLAND -34.0% 2.6%
SOUTH EAST -27.1% 2.1%
SOUTH WEST -20.1% -5.1%
WALES -22.6% -3.1%
WEST MIDLANDS -25.2% 4.1%
IRELAND -23.1% -5.6%

 

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