Sunshine boosts UK footfall by 6.7%

Footfall across UK retail destinations grew by 6.7 per cent last week compared to the previous week.

But it was the average uplift in activity from Thursday to Saturday of 15.2 per cent that drove the increase for the week compared with an average rise in footfall of just 0.8 per cent between Sunday and Wednesday, according to new research from Springboard.

The average increase over Thursday and Friday was 20.6 per cent.

Footfall rose modestly on Saturday, with an increase of 4.4 per cent. But on Sunday footfall surged by 25 per cent from the week before and by 47.4 per cent on UK High Streets.

On bank holiday Monday, footfall increased by 16 per cent across all UK destinations and by 29.3 per cent in UK High Streets.

In Central London footfall rose by 17 per cent from the week before, a larger rise than in any other High Street type other than coastal towns where it rose by 18.2 per cent - undoubtedly driven by the hot sunny weather over the weekend.

In larger cities outside London footfall rose by +9.2 per cent, by 9.8 per cent in market towns and by 8.1 per cent in Outer London.

Despite the uplift last week, footfall remains 26.8 per cent lower than in 2019.

“Despite rain continuing to persist at the beginning of last week, footfall in UK retail destinations rose from the week before, with the increase also being far greater than in the past five weeks,” said Diane Wehrle, insights director, Springboard. “It was apparent that shoppers intended to make the most of the bank holiday weekend – and the good weather that was forecast - as footfall rose by substantially more on Thursday and Friday than earlier in the week.

Wehrle added: “Footfall rose in all three destination types last week from the previous week, but it was high streets that dominated in terms of uplift. All types of high street benefited, with Central London and coastal towns leading the way. The increase in activity in Central London was nearly double that in large city centres elsewhere in the UK, whilst the increases in market towns and outer London high streets were slightly lower, suggesting that shoppers are starting to gravitate towards larger locations.”

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