Poor weather hits High Street over Easter
Written by Peter Walker
High Street footfall dropped 9.6 per cent on Good Friday to 6.9 per cent on Easter Saturday, according to the latest Springboard data.
This is compared to to a 5 per cent footfall increase in retail parks and shopping centres over Friday and Saturday.
As the weather across the UK improved on Sunday, shoppers ventured outdoors, pushing up High Street footfall by 1.9 per cent.
“Despite positive results on Easter Sunday, retail footfall up to 12pm on Easter Monday has taken a tumble,” commented Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard. “This decline was undoubtedly caused by rain that hit much of the UK in the morning and also likely to be due to the fact that shoppers had already made their trips earlier in the weekend.”
Wehrle explained that the greater number of high streets, compared with retail parks and shopping centres, meant that the drop in footfall in high streets pulled the overall result for all UK destinations down to -2.4 per cent on Good Friday and -3 per cent on Easter Saturday.