Retail footfall slumps as three-tier Covid restrictions take effect

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The government’s three-tiered Covid restrictions have had an “immediate impact” on retail footfall across the UK after coming into force late last week.

All retail destinations saw footfall dip 3.1% collectively last week as the government’s new three-tiered Covid-restrictions system came into force last Thursday, according to the latest data from Springboard. 

In terms of year-on-year performance, the latest restrictions saw overall footfall across high streets, shopping centres and retail parks fall 32%, down from negative 30.9% the week before. 

Year-on-year, high street footfall last week was down 40%, shopping centres were down 34.6%, while out of town retail parks continue to perform the strongest, with footfall down just 13.2%. 

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