Springboard has tracked and forecast footfall to retail locations across the UK since 2002, recording and analysing more than 70 million footfall counts per week at almost 500 shopping destinations across the UK. Its data splits out regional trends, and also separates different types of retail locations, painting a picture of how high streets are performing against shopping centres and retail parks. Footfall was decimated during the covid-19 crisis as consumers were forced to stay at home during national lockdowns. Springboard’s data will highlight which locations are bouncing back most robustly and sustainably from the pandemic.
As a fuller picture of Christmas trading begins to take shape, it is emerging that retailers with stores fared better. Is bricks-and-mortar back for good, or will a new year bring new headaches?
Footfall to UK retail destinations jumped 40% year on year on Boxing Day as customers hunted for bargains amid the cost-of-living crisis.
Retailers remain hopeful that a late shopping surge will help save Christmas trading, despite the cost-of-living crisis and the added complications of rolling strike action.
UK retailers are braced for a subdued run-up to Christmas as the combined cold weather and rail strikes saw footfall to retail destinations drop last week.
The second day of rail strikes this week, with the prospect of further action to come in the run-up to Christmas, has set back the recovery of stores and sent high street footfall plummeting.
Brits smashed transaction records on Black Friday as cash-strapped consumers splurged on deals despite the cost-of-living crisis.
Footfall to UK retail destinations dropped for the third month in a row as the cost-of-living crisis kept budget-conscious customers at home.
Footfall strengthened across retail destinations in August, driven by better weather conditions
While retail footfall has fallen across all parts of the UK, the cost-of-living crisis is deepening existing financial disparities between North and South.
Shopper numbers were boosted by the platinum jubilee in June, but footfall is expected to remain behind pre-pandemic levels for the “foreseeable future” as the cost-of-living crisis impacts consumer behaviour.
Footfall dropped across city centre shopping destinations as people opted to stay home and avoid the strikes.
Footfall in April dropped across all retail destinations as the sector waits to see whether the month will be a precursor for the future as the cost-of-living crisis deepens.
Footfall made a noticeable recovery in March compared with February, almost returning to the levels recorded last year before the Omicron variant emerged.
Footfall rose slightly in February compared to January as more workers returned to offices and Covid-19 restrictions came to an end.
Footfall to retail destinations slumped in the week following Christmas despite an uptick in traffic on New Year’s Eve.
Surging cases of the Omicron variant have hit retail footfall and dampened any hopes of a sales surge on the last weekend before Christmas.
Footfall in November was down compared to October as people continued to work from home for at least part of the week, while tourism remained lower than pre-pandemic levels.
Footfall across high streets, retail parks and shopping centres showed an improvement in October, leaving the sector optimistic about a strong start to Black Friday and Christmas.
Footfall rose in September, narrowing the gap with pre-pandemic levels, boosted by staycations, day trips and the return to the office.
Footfall in August improved by nearly a quarter, while the gap with pre-pandemic levels closed to less than 20% for the first time since the beginning of the crisis.