While footfall increased for the fifth straight week since non-essential stores were allowed to reopen, the level of increase appears to be tapering off and is still well short of normal levels.
Retail footfall across all destinations saw a modest 4.5% increase last week compared with the previous week – less than half the 10.6% bump seen during the reopening of hospitality and leisure businesses on July 4, according to the latest data from Springboard.
High streets and shopping centres saw footfall rise 6.8% and 4.7% respectively, while retail parks, which had been the strongest performing retail destination during lockdown, saw a 0.7% decline.
Central London and other cities enjoyed a better week by comparison to the rest of the UK, registering a 15% increase – more than double the rate of increase across all UK high streets.
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