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Commentary for week 15 2019

The school holiday period had a positive impact on footfall in UK retail destinations last week, with a rise of +5.8% from the week before and an increase of +1.7% over the year.

All three destination types saw footfall rise over the week, increasing by +6.7% in high streets and +5.9% in shopping centres. Somewhat unexpectedly, the uplift in retail parks was more modest at +3.8%. On an annual basis, however, retail parks led the charge with a rise in footfall of +3.3%, though high streets followed closely behind with a year-on-year increase of +2.2%. Footfall in shopping centres declined by -1% year on year.

Further good news is that footfall rose over the week in all UK geographies – and by more than +5% in five areas – and the annual change was also largely positive, declining only marginally in three areas (-0.3% in both the South West and Wales and -1.1% in the South East).

Of the three destination types, high streets were the strongest in footfall terms, with week-on-week increases across all geographies (and more than +5% in eight areas) in addition to annual rises in all areas with the exception of the South East where footfall dropped by -2.9%.

The school holiday had a positive impact on the Monday to Friday period, with increases on six of the seven days compared with the same days in the previous week, and double-digit rises on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Springboard footfall index covers more than 1 billion flows across the UK between high streets, shopping centres and retail parks. 

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