Christmas Eve footfall drops after “manic Monday”

Retail footfall surges 85% for England as shoppers return
High street footfall up 80.4 per cent since last week as consumers look to resume their Christmas shopping.
// Christmas Eve shopping disappoints retailers as footfall levels drop
// Footfall dropped 7.8% before midday today, compared to Christmas Eve morning last year

The UK’s high streets and shopping centres have recorded a slump in footfall during Christmas Eve following a spike in shopper numbers on Monday.

Footfall dropped 7.8 per cent before midday today, compared to Christmas Eve morning last year, Springboard found.

High streets were the worst hit areas with footfall levels dropping 8.9 per cent year-on-year.

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Shopping centres and retail parks suffered 8.4 per cent and 4.7 per cent declines in footfall respectively.

The decrease in shopper numbers came against what Springboard said was “the busiest trading day” during the peak Christmas period.

On Monday, footfall was up 3.7 per cent from Saturday December 21, and jumped 11.4 per cent compared to Sunday December 22.

Springboard said the data showed that “the majority of consumers have finished their Christmas shopping”.

Moreover, John Lewis Partnership posted a 5.1 per cent drop in revenues compared to a year ago, which exasperated the high street doom and gloom.

Furthermore, Boxing Day in-store sales are also expected to drop by more than 12 per cent this year compared with 2018, according to VoucherCodes and the Centre for Retail Research’s findings.

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