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A steady rise in retail footfall through August and early September means that the UK as a whole is now just 17.3% less busy than the same week in the pre-pandemic period in 2019.
Despite a temporary spike in activity in the 24 hours after Freedom Day, retail footfall has settled back at worse than 30% below 2019 levels for most destinations.
For the week from July 18 to 25, footfall across UK retail destinations rose by just 3.3% from the week before and remains 23.3% lower than in the same week in 2019.
Retail Experts Springboard are forecasting that UK footfall will rise by +19.7% this week following ‘Freedom Day’.
Stores enjoy footfall boost with a week on week surge of 25% on Sunday and 16% on bank holiday Monday.
Opening of indoor dining improves retail economy slightly, but blue sky for the coming bank holiday weekend will be a welcome boost.
Footfall to all UK retail destinations has barely risen since non-essential stores were allowed to reopen, but the return of indoor dining could change that.
Footfall remains 25.3% below the level of 2019, although retail parks have all-but returned to the traffic of two years’ ago.
Scotland re-opened non-essential retail last week, causing week on week traffic to rise by 75%, but will be disappointed that footfall remains 26% below the level of the same week in 2019.
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.