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“Footfall unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels,” BRC predicts

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The British Retail Consortium isn’t expected footfall to return to pre-crisis levels any time soon, according to its chief executive.

UK footfall decreased 53.4% year on year during the second week of reopening in England and NI which compares to a decrease of 81.6% year on year for the month of May.

Footfall on High Streets declined by 58.1% year on year, compared to a decrease of 77.8% year on year for the month of May.

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Retail Parks saw footfall decrease by 28.4% year on year. This compares to a decrease of 55.0% year on year for the month of May and shopping Centre footfall declined by 60.7% year on year compared to a decrease of 84.9% year on year for the month of May.

Total Retail footfall for Monday to Saturday increased 7.7% week on week (not including Sunday as many shops were not allowed to open on Sunday 14th as this was prior to lockdown lifting in England.)

Reflecting on the figures, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: “Retailers will welcome the rise in footfall during the second week since lockdown was lifted in England. Retail parks continue to outperform other shopping locations, benefiting from ease of parking and the larger proportion of supermarkets.”

Adding: “Nonetheless, reopening is no magic bullet. Low consumer confidence and social distancing mean footfall is unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels any time soon. Without further increases in demand to drive consumer spending, many retailers will struggle to make ends meet, putting stores and jobs at risk. Government must consider ways to further stimulate the economy if it is to protect jobs, and reinvigorate our high streets and shopping centres.”

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