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Published on May 26th, 2015 | by The GC Team

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Bank holiday brings cheer to Britain’s high streets

Britain’s high streets experienced a welcome boost over the bank holiday weekend as footfall increased 4.4% year on year, overcoming the decline seen in recent months.

According to retail intelligence experts Springboard, Saturday was the strongest day as families came “out in force” on the first day of the school half term summer break.

Coastal and historic towns were the most popular destinations, recording 14.1% and 13.0% year-on-year growth respectively on the day. Sunday’s showers caused a dip of 1.7%, but as bright weather returned across the country on Monday a 6.7% uplift was recorded, with regional cities seeing growth of 20.9%.

In contrast, footfall in retail parks was down every day over the weekend, resulting in an overall 4.2% decline, with Monday seeing a double-digit drop of 13.1%.

Similarly, footfall in UK shopping centres dropped every day over the weekend, down 3.1% for the three days, although Sunday brought only a minor decline of -0.5% as shoppers sought cover from the rain.

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard, said the weekend brought a welcome boost to what has been a difficult start to the year for high street destinations.

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