Footfall improves in May, but still down over 70%

Retail footfall improved slightly in May to a 73.3 per cent decline, compared with 80.1 per cent in April.

The latest Springboard figures showed that retail parks had the biggest improvement, with footfall dropping by only 55.1 per cent - compared to 68.1 per cent in April - mainly due to home and DIY stores reopening, and the presence of essential retailers like supermarkets.

High streets and shopping centres saw falls of 78.2 per cent and 80.5 per cent in footfall respectively.

Footfall in local high streets declined by 41.4 per cent, compared with 88.8 per cent in regional town centres.

The two weeks leading up to each May bank holiday saw a 12 per cent rise in footfall on average, in comparison to the other two weeks in the month.

Diane Wehrle, Springboard's marketing and insights director, commented: “The limited evidence so far has suggested that, despite the growth in online shopping over the past two months, there is a huge amount of pent-up demand among consumers for bricks and mortar shopping.

“The first indication of this were the monumental queues that built up at major home stores in the weekend before the official easing of lockdown restrictions in England on 1 June."

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