Cus­tomers re­turn to re­tail parks but high street re­mains mired in gloom

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◆ Shop­pers ten­ta­tively vis­ited more re­tail parks and shop­ping cen­tres last week as con­fi­dence to go out and spend grad­u­ally re­turned, writes

Tim Wal­lace.

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.

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