Retail footfall plummets to record low as lockdown bites

Oxford Street empty

Retail footfall plummeted to an all-time low in April, as shoppers adhered to lockdown restrictions and stayed at home.

Footfall across all locations declined to an unprecedented level in April, down 80.1% year on year according to Springboard.

Retail parks fared the best due to the presence of large essential stores, with a decline of 68.1%. High streets and shopping centres saw an 83.3% and 84.8% drop in footfall respectively.

Despite lockdown restrictions, the second half of the month saw a slight uptick in footfall, averaging a 77.4% decline in weeks three and four, compared with 81.4% in the first two weeks.

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