Retail footfall drops across regions with highest Covid restrictions

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Springboard footfall covid-19 pandemic lockdown restrictions Diane Wehrle
Over the week, the annual decrease in footfall across the UK reached 32.9%
// Footfall drops 1.2% across all UK retail destinations
// The decline last week was mainly seen across high streets
// The nation with the lowest decline was England

New research has shown that retail footfall has dropped last week from the previous seven days across all UK retail destinations.

Footfall dropped by 1.2 per cent, compared to a decline of 3.1 per cent in the prior week, according to data from Springboard.

The decline last week was mainly seen across high streets, where footfall declined by three per cent.


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Meanwhile, footfall in shopping centres dropped by just 0.1 per cent and retail parks saw an increase of 1.3 per cent.

The nation with the lowest decline was England where footfall fell by 0.9 per cent.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland saw respective drops of 2.7 per cent, 3.8 per cent and 12.2 per cent.

In Wales, almost all of the decline was seen on Saturday when its lockdown came into effect.

Over the week, the annual decrease in footfall across the UK reached 32.9 per cent, with the largest declines seen in nations where tougher Covid-19 restrictions have been put in place.

“The range of additional restrictions that came into effect at the end of last week have not yet had a noticeable impact on footfall in retail destinations generally across the UK,” Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle said.

“However, with the exception of Wales which entered a fire break for 17 days, retail stores are continuing to trade which together with fact that the restrictions commenced on Saturday – the last day of the week period – mitigated the impact on the week as a whole.

“However, in different parts of the UK the situation was more nuanced, with far greater declines in footfall in the devolved nations than in England, and differences in performance from nation to nation reflecting the introduction of restrictions.”

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