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Published on August 3rd, 2018 | by The GC Team

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Retail footfall in meltdown…

Non-food retail suffered badly during the hot weather as consumers avoided the blistering temperatures on UK high streets.

Footfall in July dropped 10.8% compared to the same month in 2017, with all areas experiencing declines and England’s World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden having a particularly negative effect – shopper numbers fell 18.9% compared to the previous Saturday.

According to Ipsos Retail Performance, the global retail and footfall consultant which compiles the Retail Traffic Index (RTI), London & the South East fared particularly badly with a drop of 15.9%. Northern England saw a 10% fall, the Midlands recorded a 9.2% drop, SW England & Wales declined 7.8% and Scotland & N. Ireland experienced a fall of 6.5%.

Commenting on the prospects for August footfall, Ipsos said: “Holiday destinations will be the only beneficiaries of the enduring aridity.”

Figures for the RTI are derived from over a billion visits to retail stores across the UK.

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