Retail footfall registered a modest week-on-week climb in the week ahead of hospitality reopening, although high streets were the only retail destination that registered growth.

Footfall last week registered a 0.5% rise week-on-week, driven entirely by a 3.9% uptick in shopper numbers to high streets, including a 4.2% rise across Central London.

By contrast, on a week-on-week basis footfall to shopping centres and retail parks was down 2.8% and 3.4% respectively.

High streets across all locations registered increased shopper numbers, although market towns recorded the highest rise in footfall week-on-week, up 5.7%.

On 2019 levels footfall overall was down 28.1%. High streets shopper numbers were down 38.6% compared to pre-pandemic levels while shopping centres and high streets were down 29% and 4.6% respectively.

Indoor hospitality’s reopening yesterday was dampened by bad weather, which led to footfall at 5pm being down 1.6% week-on-week across high streets and down 3% across both shopping centres and high streets.

However, central London footfall rose 1.3% and shopper numbers to historic towns increased 3.4% on May 17 on a week-on-week basis.

Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle said: “Shoppers continued to demonstrate a greater desire to visit their local high streets than large city centres across the UK, although it seems that Central London is becoming more appealing with a rise in footfall last week that was the second highest of any type of high street, only lower than in market towns.”