Footfall recovery remains sluggish as UK retail looks to bounce back

UK footfall recovery remains sluggish as the retail sector looks to bounce back as lockdown restrictions slowly ease.

Shops in England reopened June 15, in Northern Ireland June 12, in Scotland mostly June 29, and in Wales June 22.

Footfall decreased 49.6% year on year during the third week of reopening in England and NI which compares to a decrease of 53.4% year on year for the previous week.

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On high streets the decline was 55.7% year on year, comparing to a decrease of 58.1% year on year for the previous week.

Retail Parks saw footfall decrease by 24.6% year on year. This compares to a decrease of 28.4% year on year for the previous week and shopping Centre footfall declined by 56.1% year on year which compares to a decrease of 60.7% year on year for the previous week.

Total Retail footfall for the week increased 15.3% week on week, with High Streets and Shopping Centres showing higher rises than for Retail Parks.

On Saturday, July 5, as pubs and restaurants reopened in England, UK footfall saw a rise of 9.2% on the previous week.

This was the smallest week on week rise for any day that week.

Commenting on this, Helen Dickinson, the BRC’s chief exec, said: “It remains a long way back to normality for the retail industry; two weeks after most shops reopened in England, footfall is still only half what it was a year ago.

“The reopening of pubs, cafés and other hospitality businesses this Saturday does not appear to have benefited shops much, with the Saturday showing more modest growth than the days prior to these locations reopening.”

Adding: “By European standards, the UK’s recovery remains slow, and while safety measures introduced by retailers have been well received by customers, many shoppers are still reluctant to visit physical shopping locations.”

Dickinson continued: “On Wednesday, the Chancellor should announce measures to boost consumer demand – without it, the UK risks becoming an economic laggard in its coronavirus recovery. With the first shop closures being announced, the Government must act fast to protect the three million retail jobs, as well as millions more throughout the supply chain.”

Earlier in the week, the SRC commented on Sturgeon’s announcement of the lockdown ease.

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