Damp Manic Monday takes edge off latest reopenings as footfall dips

Damp Manic Monday takes edge off latest reopenings as footfall dips
Footfall is expected to increase further towards the latter half of the week and predicts a particularly strong weekend.
// Footfall across all retail destinations was down 3% on Monday due to wet weather
// Hospitality venues in England & Wales reopened indoor areas for the first time in almost 5 months
// Cinemas, museums and other leisure venues have also welcomed customers in again

Footfall across UK high streets and shopping destinations on Monday sagged despite the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

Early figures from research specialists Springboard have shown that high street footfall fell by 1.6 per cent by 5pm yesterday, against the same period a week ago, as poor weather kept many people at home.

Hospitality venues in England and Wales have reopened indoor areas for the first time in almost five months, while cinemas, museums and other leisure venues have also welcomed customers in again.


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The latest figures showed that total footfall across all retail hotspots, including retail parks and shopping centres, was down three per cent.

However, footfall in central London jumped by 1.3 per cent, while “historic UK towns” saw a 3.4 per cent improvement, Springboard said.

The New West End Company said that footfall for London’s West End, as of 3pm on Monday, was up three per cent week on week.

The group anticipates this will increase further towards the latter half of the week and predicts a particularly strong weekend.

“We’re further encouraged by increasing consumer confidence, and pent-up demand from office workers desperate to get back to their workplaces – changes that we feel confident will boost footfall and spending potential for those businesses,” New West End Company chief executive Jace Tyrrell said.

with PA Wires

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