UK footfall rises ahead of announcement of Prime Minister’s roadmap to easing Lockdown

Footfall across UK retail destinations rose once again last week from the week before for the fifth consecutive week, with the magnitude of increase approaching the level seen in the same week last year – lending further evidence of significant pent up demand amongst shoppers to visit retail destinations.

Commenting on the latest Springboard data, Marketing and Insights Director, Diane Wehrle, said: “In fact, the only significant difference was in shopping centres, where the rise in footfall from the previous week was around half that in 2020, whilst in high streets and retail parks week on week rises were virtually on par with last year.  And all this in a week which although benefitted from mild temperatures, saw rain hit virtually everywhere in the UK every day.

“High Streets were the clear winners of the three destination types, with a rise in footfall that was double that in shopping centres and ten times that in retail parks.  All types of town benefitted, although by far the clearest winner was Central London where footfall by around a quarter rose from the week before, which, in combination with a strong performance in Outer London, meant that the Greater London region was the second best performing area in the UK.”