Footfall declines in April

Footfall was flat in April, down on the 1.8% rise recorded in March, according to the latest BRC/Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor.

The report said high streets recorded the largest decline, falling 1.4%, substantially down on the 2.6% rise in March, while shopping centres experienced a 0.9% decline in footfall.

Footfall in out-of-town locations fared the best with a 4.0% increase year-on-year, as consumers purchased big ticket items such as furniture, gardening, DIY and materials for revamping the home performed well, off the back of a pick-up in the housing market.

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Footfall on high streets has “dipped reflecting weaker sales of clothing, footwear and beauty products,” said BRC director general Helen Dickinson.

 

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