UK footfall to increase over May bank holiday
Retail performance insights provider Springboard has predicted that UK footfall will increase by 4.8% over this weekend, which is the second bank holiday in May.
The forecast mild and dry weather is expected to lead to a 5.2% increase in footfall on the high street, while retail parks footfall is predicted to rise by 6.9%. Shopping centres will see just a slight 2% uplift in visitors.
Saturday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest days.
Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “Footfall has suffered in recent months across high streets and shopping centres with April figures down -0.8% year-on-year, so the bank holiday weekend and Whitsun half term is set to be a welcome lift for UK retail destinations. Consumer confidence is high after the election, but as the weekend falls just before payday it is expected the attractions and events across the UK’s coastal towns will be the big winners rather than destinations with a pure retail offer.”
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