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Retail eyes on China’s return as UK lockdown ‘artificially’ limits footfall

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Due to the mandatory lockdown, UK footfall decreased by 44.7% in March.

This was a record decline for the industry which has seen unprecedented challenges during the month.

In the three weeks prior to the lockdown, UK footfall saw an average decline of 17.7% whereas during the two weeks of lockdown, it saw an average decline of 83.2%.

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Footfall on high streets declined by 41.8% year on year which fared better in comparison to shopping centres, as local convenience stores saw a rise in popularity.

Retail Parks saw footfall decrease by 23.5% year on year while shopping centres declined by 43.6% year on year.

Commenting on the figures, Andy Sumpter, retail consultant at ShopperTrak, said: “In these unprecedented times, I applaud those retailers and store teams who are continuing to serve us. Never before have retailers needed to act so fast, making huge changes in order to keep the public safe.

“Existing technologies and solutions – such as real-time occupancy – are also being explored by many retailers, to help automate processes and improve social distancing measures.”

Adding: “All eyes are on our team in China who are monitoring the safe return of retail as they come out of lockdown, as they report that in Shanghai after 4 weeks of opening up again, stores are 80% trading with visitor numbers back to 70% of normal.”

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