Retail footfall starts to rise in May as more essential stores reopen

High Street

While still marking an unprecedented low amid the coronavirus pandemic, retail footfall in May improved slightly to a 73.3% decline compared with 80.1% in April.

Footfall in retail parks fared the best, dropping by 55.1% versus 68.1% in April, due to the swathe of home and DIY stores reopening, as well as the presence of essential retailers, according to the latest data from Springboard.

High streets and shopping centres saw a 78.2% and 80.5% drop in footfall respectively. The research found that local high streets have been more popular with consumers, with footfall declining 41.4% compared with 88.8% in regional town centres.

Footfall during the month was helped by the weather, with it being the sunniest May since 1957, as well as the two bank holidays. The two weeks leading up to each bank holiday saw a 12% rise in footfall on average, in comparison to the other two weeks in the month.

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