Half-term and Halloween are retail treat
Shopper traffic figures from FootFall have hinted at an improvement in the UK retail climate.

The retail analyst reported that shops witnessed an increasing in shopper numbers through their stores last week.

The number of store visits for the week beginning October 17 was up 2.4 per cent on the previous week, and was also an improvement on the first two weeks of October, when figures were indicating week-on-week decreases of 1.8 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively.

Although the index showed a 3.7 per cent decrease against the same week last year, the gap year on year is gradually closing.

A FootFall spokesperson said: 'We are expecting a massive peak in shopper numbers this week, which encompasses both the Halloween weekend and school half-term. In previous years, the week-on-week percentage rise we've seen has been second only to the rise the week before Christmas.

'Although recent figures have shown growth in the volume of retail sales, overall profits have been let down by falling prices. The next week could provide a much needed boost to the sector.'