Retail footfall slides in January amid UK's third lockdown

Altrincham Retail Park

Source: Orchard Street Investment

Retail footfall dropped in January across all destinations as the UK went into lockdown for the third time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Footfall declined 65.6% in January, which was the first month in full lockdown, compared with a decline of 41.9% in December.

High streets and shopping centres suffered particularly, where footfall fell 72.6% and 73.6% respectively, according to the latest insights from Springboard.

Footfall in retail parks was marginally better – as has been the trend throughout the lockdown periods due to the presence of essential shops – decreasing by 42.1% for the month.

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