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High street footfall down in May - steepest decline since June 2016

Laura  Barnes
High street footfall down in May - steepest decline since June 2016

BRC and Springboard’s footfall and vacancies monitor for May has revealed that footfall fell by 1.0% in the UK, the first decline since February.

This is below the three-month average of 0.7%. This month’s positive three-month average makes two consecutive months of three-month average growth, the first time this has occurred since June-August 2013.

High Street footfall declined in May, the fall of 2.0% is its steepest decline since June. This is below the three-month average of 0.8%.

Shopping Centre footfall fell by 1.3% in May, however footfall to Retail Park destinations grew by 1.5%.
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“After the Easter boost in shopper numbers to retail destinations, footfall fell in May, which was mirrored in the month’s sales performance. But it wasn’t just shops that suffered; poor weather at the beginning of the month kept people indoors and made it a poor month for footfall in general with fewer people out and about,” explained Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of BRC.

“The biggest movement was noticeable in the number of visitors to the high street, which after several months of growth, saw the steepest decline since June last year.  

“In an uncertain economic climate, retailers will be looking to the next Government to deliver on their commitment to fundamental reform of business rates; to implement a more sustainable system that allows for growth and investment.”

Tags: Retail , footfall , high street , brc , Springboard

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