Summer footfall ‘a slow burner’
Written by Chris Lemmon
UK footfall in June dropped 0.9 per cent from 2017, when footfall increased by 0.8 per cent, according to the latest figures from BRC.
The High Street saw growth of 0.1 per cent, representing the second month of consecutive growth since November 2017. Retail parks experienced a decline of -0.4 per cent in June against also a tough comparable of 2.3 per cent last year, while shopping centres saw a 3.4 per cent decline in footfall – representing the 15th month of consecutive decline.
“June’s good weather has again resulted in a marginal year-on-year improvement in footfall across the nation’s High Streets, delivering the second month of consecutive growth since November 2017, said Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC.
“Consumer behaviour has changed, with shoppers now requiring much more choice in terms of how, when and where they shop and retailers are responding to this, investing in their physical store experiences and online presence.”