Poor weather flattens UK footfall

Springboard covid-19 pandemic lockdown
Footfall across the UK has remained largely flat between January 24 and 30
// Footfall remains flat in the UK due to severe weather
// Between January 24 and 30, footfall increased by 0.4% week on week

Footfall across the UK has remained largely flat between January 24 and 30 as severe weather continued to impact parts of the country.

Footfall increased by 0.4 per cent week on week across all retail destinations during the period, according to Springboard.

Of all locations, retail park footfall increased the most – up 4.7 per cent compared to the prior week.

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Shopping centre footfall increased by 1.1 per cent, while high streets were down two per cent on the previous week, as heavy snow and rainfall prevented shoppers from visiting outside locations.

Overall footfall dropped 65.2 per cent compared to the equivalent week in 2020.

“Footfall across UK retail destinations last week remained virtually level with the week before, although this was largely due to severe weather which hit the UK, particularly at the beginning and end of the week,” Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle said.

“At the end of what was the fifth week of the third UK lockdown, footfall was at a noticeably higher level than in the same week during the first UK lockdown, with the largest differential being in retail parks.”

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