Christmas period delivers footfall boost

UK retail footfall has increased in the build-up to Christmas as all shopping destinations reported growth.

According to the latest figures from Sringboard, total UK retail footfall rose 19.5% last week compared to the previous week.

High streets saw footfall grow 21.1%, while retail parks experienced a growth of 9%. Shopping centres footfall jumped 26.3%, with the number of visits to large city centres up by 29.7%.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: “In the second week following the reopening of non-essential retail stores footfall across UK retail destinations continued to rise. 

“The uplift was smaller than in the first week, but it was still significantly greater than in the second week following the reopening of retail in June, indicating the desire of shoppers to visit bricks and mortar stores in the run up to Christmas.”