Footfall suffers ‘downwards trajectory’ in late summer


UK retailers suffered a tough end to the summer, as footfall continued its “downward trajectory” with little sign of the trend reversing soon.

The latest BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor showed that footfall declined by 1.3% in August, compared to the same point last year when it was down 1.6%.

Both the high street and shopping centres were affected, with footfall declining 2.1% and 2.2% year on year respectively. However, retail park footfall saw a 1% increase, following on from a 0.3% increase the previous year.

On a rolling three-month basis, footfall fell by 2.1%. The six-month average decline was 1.4%, while the 12-month average was a 1.7% decline.

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