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Published on July 15th, 2019 | by The GC Team


High street bears the brunt of poor retail footfall

Footfall declined 2.9% in June with the high street suffering more than other shopping destinations.

The number of high street visitors fell by 4.5%, a poorer performance than that of the 3.5% three-month average.

Shopping centre footfall fell 2.4% while retail parks bucked the trend with a slight increase of 0.1%.

British Retail Consortium Chief Executive Helen Dickinson said: “High streets and shopping centres across the country need to invest in improving their consumer experience if they wish to see these footfall numbers reverse.”

Diane Wehrle, Springboard Marketing and Insights Director, pointed out that “continuing and growing demand from consumers for experience meant that in regional cities, which by virtue of the sheer breadth and depth of their offer means they can deliver on experience, footfall was far more resilient, declining only very marginally by 0.6%.” 

Wehrle described the fall in visitor numbers during June as “disappointing”.

“However,” she added, “given the exceptional and ongoing disruptive political and economic period we are facing, coupled with unprecedented structural changes in the retail sector, we might actually expect consumer activity to have taken an even greater hit.”  

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