Retailers facing ‘sustained drop in footfall’ as September falls flat

Bath shopping street

The number of people visiting bricks-and-mortar locations has tumbled 10% over the past seven years, after September suffered a further decline in footfall.

Shopper numbers slipped 1.7% last month, equal to the 1.7% decline during the same month last year, according to the latest BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor.

Both the high street and shopping centres were affected, with footfall declining 1.8% and 3.2% year on year respectively. However, retail park footfall edged up 0.1% year-on-year.

On a rolling three-month basis, footfall fell 1.6%. The six-month average decline was 2% while the 12-month average was a 1.7% decline.

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