Early signs of the confidence shown by workers returning to their offices saw a boost for UK high street footfall in the latest week. Footfall across UK retail destinations rose 1.5%, according to Springboard.
City centre retail destinations may not have actually been deserted in the latest week, but with advice to work from home still in force, footfall to those locations was down by a big percentage in the seven days.
The increasing threat of the new Omicron Covid variant hit UK retail footfall in the latest trading week (5-11 December). Visits across UK retail destinations declined 1.1% week-on-week, according to Springboard.
Although UK retail footfall isn’t yet back to pre-pandemic 2019 levels, there was a “noticeable improvement” in October, Springboard has revealed. And a much-needed spring in the step last month came from city centres.