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Commentary for week 11 2019

In a week where Storm Gareth roared across most of the country, footfall saw an annual decline of -1.7%, albeit a significant improvement upon the decline of -5.9% of the same week last year when snow and rain covered the country causing large drops to all retail locations.

Visitor numbers also declined against the previous week, falling by -1.3% as consumers stayed indoors.

The annual decline was driven by the high street and shopping centres, with drops of -2.5% and -3.0%.

High street numbers fell by -7.7% last Sunday (March 10), up against Mothering Sunday in 2018, but both succumbed to the effects of Storm Gareth, with the largest declines of the week falling on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For both locations types, the results were comprehensive across the country with high streets experiencing a low of -6.9% in Scotland and shopping centres, -7.4% in Wales.

Retail parks were, once again, more resilient in the face of extreme weather, with an increase in visitor numbers of +1.6% against last year. Despite an increase against last year in five of the retail park regions, this was not enough to influence the overall regional results for the Springboard Index.

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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