UK footfall rises as lockdown fatigue grows

Despite rain covering much of the UK last week, footfall in retail destinations rose from the week before; the third consecutive week in which footfall has increased and by far greater an uplift than in the previous seven day period.

Increases occurred across all three destination types, but were particularly noticeable in high streets where they reached double digits in all but three geographies.

Whilst large city centres have taken the biggest hit, footfall still rose in marginally regional cities and by double digits in Central London.

Springboard’s Marketing and Insights Director, Diane Wehrle, said: “With shopper activity increasing for the past three weeks despite all but essential stores remaining closed, the results are delivering ever more compelling evidence of escalating lockdown fatigue.”