Footfall continues to drop but less stay home than in Lockdown 1.0

The marketing and insights director of retail analyst, Springboard, Diane Wehrle, has reported on the latest footfall figures, saying: “In what was the second full week of lockdown across the UK footfall in retail destinations once again declined from the previous week, although the rate of decline slowed to less than half of that in the week before.

“This means that the annual decline in footfall has still not equaled either the lowest level in Lockdown 1 or even the level in the second week of Lockdown 1.

“All three destination types recorded lower footfall last week than in the previous week, however, in retail parks it was less than half that in high streets and shopping centres. Footfall continued to decrease from the week before in all areas across the UK bar Scotland where it rose marginally, but rate of decline varied significantly from area to area.

“The slowing in the rate of decline in footfall emanated from the latter part of the week, with a drop on Sunday and Monday that was equivalent of last week. From Tuesday onwards, the average decrease in footfall was just a quarter of that on Sunday and Monday, with footfall increasing from the week before on Friday.”

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