Footfall recovers in March with 48% rise expected as retail reopens

Springboard covid-19 pandemic lockdown store closures reopening
In comparison with footfall in March last year, it was 55.2% lower this year
// Footfall recovered in March as Brits anticipate the end of lockdown
// Pent up demand will see footfall rise by 48% week on week

New research has found that footfall recovered in March – the last full month of lockdown – with an annual decline of 28.1 per cent, down from 61 per cent in February.

Pent up demand will see footfall rise by 48 per cent week on week as non-essential retail in England reopens from April 12, Springboard found.

However, this will fall to an increase of 10 per cent in the following weeks, as consumers direct spend to the reopening of indoor dining on May 17.


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In comparison with footfall in March last year, it was 55.2 per cent lower this year.

Footfall declined from 2019 by 63.7 per cent in high streets, 66.6 per cent in shopping centres and 25 per cent in retail parks.

In high streets, the annual decline moved from 65.9 per cent in the first week of March to 58.4 per cent by the final week of the month.

In shopping centres, it moved from 69 per cent to 62.5 per cent and in retail parks it halved from 29.8 per cent in the first week to just 14.8 per cent by the final week.

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