High street footfall grows in March

Footfall increased in March, driven by a combination of good pricing and promotions, with well-received ranges, a new report shows.

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), footfall in March was 1.8% higher than a year ago, significantly up on the 2.9% fall in February and above the three-month average of 0.4%.

Footfall on the high street was 2.6% higher than the previous year for March, the largest rise in eleven months. Out-of-Town reported the greatest rise, 3.0% higher than a year ago, while footfall in shopping centers was down 0.5% on the previous year.

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BRC director general Helen Dickinson said: "These are strong results. They confirm what retailers have been reporting to us, that a combination of good pricing and promotions, with well-received new ranges, has driven a significant increase in shoppers on high streets and in out of town shopping centres.

"As we saw in the sales figures earlier in the week, fashion and footwear have performed particularly strongly. Retailers have pitched their new collections well, encouraging people to visit shops and update their wardrobes. This has been especially obvious on the high street, which saw the largest rise in shoppers for eleven months, 2.6% up on last year.”




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