UK footfall boosted by b
Footfall numbers in the UK rose over the past weekend's bank holiday, retail intelligence expert Springboard has reported. Footfall on the high street was up 4.4% year-on-year in the period.
However, footfall in retail parks fell 4.2%, and footfall in shopping centres was also down, by 3.1%. Coastal and historic towns saw a strong increase in footfall, as it was also the start of the UK's school's summer half term. Footfall rose 14.1% in coastal towns and 13% in historic towns.
Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard says, "As UK schools' summer half term begins at a time when consumer confidence is at a high, families were confidently out in force across UK high streets over the weekend, bringing a welcome boost to what has been a difficult start to the year for these destinations. Coastal and historic towns proved popular as the sun shone over the bank holiday, resulting in a decline in shopping centres and interestingly retail parks that to date have been the leaders. The figures indicate the beginning of a shift in footfall trends as the summer months begin."
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