In pictures: Primark and Sports Direct drive footfall as non-essential retail reopens

Primark Birmingham

Retail destinations across England saw footfall numbers soar on the day that non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen stores, with queues forming for the likes of Primark, H&M and Zara.

On the day that non-essential stores across England were allowed to open for the first time since March 25, pent up consumer demand drove a 41.7% surge in footfall across all retail destinations as of midday, according to the latest figures from Springboard.

High streets across England saw the greatest footfall increase, with numbers soaring 51.7% compared to last week. Shopping centres in England today saw a 37% increase in footfall, while retail parks enjoyed a 25.1% increase after being the strongest performing retail destination throughout the lockdown.

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