UK retail footfall rebounds but pre-Covid comparisons highlight fragile growth

Shoppers on Oxford Street wearing face masks

UK retail destinations all experienced a bounce when non-essential retail and some outdoor hospitality reopened, but weak pre-Covid comparisons show how far the industry still has to recover.

A number of different footfall monitors published on April 19 found that footfall last week across all shopping destinations was anywhere from 85.8% to 178.8% up on last week, with non-essential stores in England and Wales allowed to open their doors. 

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