Retail footfall grows by over 2% thanks to warmer weather

// UK retail footfall grew by over 2% last week, according to Springboard analysis
// The growth came as the weather warmed up

Retail footfall in the UK has increased by 2.3% last week from the previous week thanks to the warmer weather.

According to the data from Springboard, high streets experienced an increase of 4.2%, but the growth was much smaller in shopping centres and retail parks where there was respective growth of 0.5% and 0.1%.

Coastal towns performed particularly well with a rise of 8.5%, while footfall in central London and city centres outside of the capital grew by 4.9% and 4.7% respectively.

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From Thursday onwards when the weather became warm and sunny, footfall rose from the week before by 8.1% across all retail destinations.

Springboard insights director, Diane Wehrle said: “The favourable weather from Thursday onwards had a positive impact on footfall across UK retail destinations last week; footfall rose from the week before in all three destination types, but particularly in high streets which is typically the destination of choice for shoppers when the weather is warm and dry.

“Despite the strong overall performance in the week, the gap from the 2019 level widened marginally to 15.2% across all retail destinations from 13.1% in the week before.”

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