In the week that non-essential stores reopened up and down the country footfall figures jumped, but areas like the West End and central London continued to struggle.
With non-essential retailers being allowed to reopen stores in England from last Monday for the first time since the end of March, footfall surged 45% week on week, according to the latest data from Springboard.
However, the year-on-year figure, although improved from around -80% at the height of lockdown, was still steeply down at -54%.
The reopening of stores delivered “the most fundamental change in footfall” since before the start of the lockdown, with English retail destinations up 46.7% compared with the previous week.
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