Black Friday footfall drops on high streets for first time as card transactions soar

People wearing face masks walking down a street with market in the background

The latest Black Friday data shows that while footfall fell on high streets for the first time ever, overall card transactions exceeded pre-pandemic totals.

Footfall across all retail destinations on Black Friday grew 2% week on week, but the growth was driven entirely by shopping centres and retail parks, with high street footfall falling 1.5% - the first Black Friday on record where this happened. 

Footfall on the day increased by 4.9% on retail parks, and 6.5% in shopping centres.

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