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Industry News December footfall reflects changing shopping habits

Published on August 15th, 2016 | by The GC Team

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Retail footfall falls 0.4% in July

Retail footfall fell 0.4% in July following a 2.8% decline in June.

Figures released today by the BRC and Springboard show that high streets fared best, with a rise of 0.3%, while footfall in retail parks fell by 0.3% and shopping centres saw a decline of 2.0%.

Diane Wehrle, Marketing & Insights Director at Springboard, said: “July saw a break in the clouds in some retail areas, with better weather and strong end-of-sale discounting of up to 70% off helping to improve high street footfall, which was up 0.3% following a disappointing drop of 3.7% in June.”

British Retail Consortium Chief Executive Helen Dickinson described the performance as “lacklustre” and said retailers will have taken comfort from the fact that recent BRC figures show that total sales grew over the same period.

July retail sales were the strongest since January this year, up 1.9% year on year.

 

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