Rainy weather drives Brits away from UK high streets

September saw the slowest retail sales growth since January, when the UK was forced into lockdown due to Covid-19.
Like-for-like sales were 0.6% lower for September compared with the same month last year.
// UK footfall dropped by 3.1% in the week to June 19
// Footfall levels were dented by widespread rain

Shopper numbers across the UK have dropped by 3.1 per cent in the week to June 19 compared with the previous week.

Footfall levels were dented by widespread rain, according to Springboard.

Shopper numbers were down 22.8 per cent compared with the same week in 2019, before the pandemic started to disrupt traffic.

READ MORE: May retail sales slide 0.8% despite lockdown ending

Footfall declined across all types of high streets, with London being the hardest hit with a drop in footfall of 9.5 per cent in Central London and 10.1 per cent in Greater London.

The second consecutive week on week decline meant that the gap in footfall from 2019 once again widened to 22.8 per cent across all retail destinations from 18.4 per cent in the week before.

In shopping centres and retail parks, footfall dropped by just 1.3 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively.

“The news announced last Monday that regulations will not be eased for another month seems to have acted as a dampener on consumer activity last week, with footfall across UK retail destinations lower than the week before for the second consecutive week despite hot and sunny weather in the first half of the week,” Springboard insights director, Diane Wehrle said.

“For most of the UK rain dominated the last few days from Thursday onwards, which inevitably impacted high streets most heavily of the three destination types; here the drop in footfall between Thursday and Saturday was more than twice that between the previous days.”

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