Customers return to retail parks but high street remains mired in gloom
◆ Shoppers tentatively visited more retail parks and shopping centres last week as confidence to go out and spend gradually returned, writes
However, they cut back on trips to the high street as the heatwave made time indoors less attractive, according to data from Springboard.
The near-2pc rise in trips to retail parks means the out-of-town destinations are now welcoming more than 85pc of their usual customer numbers, in a return to something close to normal.
But shops with less space and more time spent indoors are still struggling to attract visitors.
High streets and shopping centres are still down by almost 40pc on last August’s footfall.
Shopping centres are making up more ground, with numbers up 2.4pc on the week, but the high street went into reverse.
Central London is struggling the most. A shortage of commuters and an increase in working from home, combined with the summer getaway, means that the capital’s streets have just a third of their usual footfall, with numbers down 4.5pc on the week.