Footfall down 4.2% last week despite central London seeing returns to office

New figures have revealed that UK retail footfall dropped by 4.2% last week from the prior seven day period.
// New figures reveal that UK retail footfall dropped by 4.2% last week from the prior seven day period.
// Across central London as a whole footfall dropped by 7.8%

Last week UK retail footfall declined 4.2 per cent compared with the week before, new data has shown.

According to Springboard, shopping centres experienced the biggest decline with a fall of 7.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, retail parks and high streets saw their footfall drop by 4.7 per cent and 2.2 per cent respectively.

Data showed that in some locations such as coastal towns, footfall was down as much as 10.4 per cent however market towns and outer London destinations saw respective increases of 2.6 per cent and 3 per cent.

The number of people visiting central London dropped by 7.8 per cent, despite this, Springboard’s “Central London Back to Office Footfall Benchmark,” which tracks footfall in key Central London locations where offices are located showed a rise in footfall of 4.2 per cent suggesting that a drift back to offices for some employees may have started.

“Working at home is clearly supporting high streets generally, with a decline in high street footfall across the UK last week from the week before that was less than a third of that in shopping centres and half that in retail parks,” said Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle.

The drop in footfall across all retail destinations meant that the gap from 2019 footfall levels widened to -17.3% from -15.8% in the week before.

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