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Published on June 10th, 2019 | by The GC Team


Retail footfall at six-year low

The UK experienced the worst footfall figures in six years in May (excluding Easter distortions), with declines in every region and across High Streets, Retail Parks and Shopping Centres.

The data reflected the largest drop in retail sales on record.

Shopper numbers declined by 3.5% compared to a fall of 0.4% in May last year.

High Street footfall fell by 4.8%, while Retail Parks recorded a 0.8% decline. Shopping Centres also bore the brunt of May’s cooler weather and ongoing political and economic uncertainty as visitor numbers dropped 3.6% on last year.

Diane Wehrle, Springboard Marketing and Insights Director, said: “All destination types found it much tougher this May to attract customers, but the fact that the greatest impact was felt by high streets, with a drop in footfall of 4.8%, is not a surprise given the much poorer weather than in May last year.” 

Footfall worsened across all parts of the day, but the most significant drop occurred post 5pm, moving from a rise of 1.9% in May last year to a decline 4.5% this year. 

“Nonetheless,” said Wehrle, “it is really important to note the longer-term trend, with footfall declining by just 1.1% over the five-month period since January. 

“This a much improved position on the drop of 2.4% over the same five-month period last year, showing us that the reduction in customers visiting retail destinations this year has slowed – a more positive result than might have been expected.”

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