// Weekly footfall was up 6% last week, but still down 26.1% compared to last year
// Retailers benefited from a boost through the last full week of Eat Out to Help Out
Footfall increased by six per cent last week compared to the previous seven days, as retailers benefited from the last full week of the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme.
On a year-on-year basis though, footfall declined by 26.1 per cent to mark a noticeable improvement on the year-on-year drop of 30.7 per cent in the week before, according to data from Springboard.
The latest post-lockdown weekly footfall figures show that shopping centres performed the best with footfall rising by 9.1 per cent, with the rainy weather encouraging more people to shop indoors.
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Meanwhile, footfall in high streets and retail parks climbed by 4.8 per cent and five per cent respectively.
Central London, which has suffered from a double whammy of low tourist numbers and empty offices, saw footfall increase 6.8 per cent week-on-week, but it was still 55.4 per cent down year-on-year.
“The last full week of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme led to the most positive footfall result of any week so far with increases in all three destination types from the week before, and year on year declines that were the most modest since the start of the lockdown,” Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle said.
“Not only did the week as a whole yield far more positive results those previously but, given the situation we find ourselves in and the much cooler weather this year, the Bank Holiday weekend proved to be a remarkable success for retail destinations.”