Foot­fall halved in June com­pared to same time last year

Burton Mail - - Bygones -

RE­TAIL foot­fall for June more than halved against the same month last year, de­spite the “turn­ing point” of thou­sands more stores re­open­ing.

Fig­ures from re­tail ex­perts Spring­board re­vealed that foot­fall across UK shop­ping des­ti­na­tions fell by 56.6% in June com­pared to the same month in 2019.

How­ever, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said this re­flected green shoots of im­prove­ment in the sec­tor as it in­creased from a 73.3% year-onyear de­cline in May.

Spring­board said the re­open­ing of non-es­sen­tial stores in Eng­land on June 15 was a “turn­ing point” for re­tail­ers. Foot­fall across all re­tail des­ti­na­tions for the week start­ing June 15 jumped by 40% against the pre­vi­ous week, as shop­pers lined up go to their favourite fash­ion stores.

The pent-up an­tic­i­pa­tion to shop again re­sulted in the sig­nif­i­cant spike, but foot­fall in the sub­se­quent two weeks “slowed con­sid­er­ably”, Spring­board said.

Diane Wehrle, its in­sights di­rec­tor, said: “Long queues cou­pled with a re­stricted shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence due to so­cial dis­tanc­ing could be the con­tribut­ing fac­tors to this sud­den drop-off in foot­fall.

“This is con­cern­ing for the eco­nomic re­cov­ery path of bricks and mor­tar re­tail who are heav­ily re­liant on cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.”

In June, foot­fall was still par­tic­u­larly low on high streets, with many cus­tomers re­frain­ing from travel into city cen­tres.

High street foot­fall de­clined by 65.1% for the month. Mean­while, foot­fall at shop­ping cen­tres slid by 62.3% for the month. Re­tail parks were more re­silient, as they re­ported that foot­fall de­clined by 32.2% as they con­tin­ued to ben­e­fit from the pres­ence of large su­per­mar­kets.

Ms Wehrle said: “This is a sharp con­trast with high streets and shop­ping cen­tres which rely on a blend of shop­pers, work­ers, stu­dents, tourists and res­i­dents to fuel spend­ing. The fact much of the work­force con­tin­ues to work from home means that foot­fall and there­fore sales, will con­tinue to be com­pro­mised in these re­tail des­ti­na­tions.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.