Posted 15th May

Footfall sees fastest growth since 2014 in April

By KBBDaily on 15th May 2017 - 08:00am

Footfall across retail locations in the UK grew by 1.6% last month, according to the latest British Retail Consortium – BRC – Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor, making it the fastest growing month for footfall since March 2014.

High street footfall grew by 2.3%, while retail parks saw a boost of 2.7%, its fastest growth rate since January last year. However, shopping centre footfall fell by 0.6% in April.

“The Easter holidays boosted family visits to shopping destinations in April, resulting in the fastest annual growth of footfall since March 2014,” said BRC CEO Helen Dickinson. “The inclusion of the holidays in this period will have distorted this figure but even looking beyond this, the picture over the last quarter has been largely positive.

“As has been the trend for some months now, high streets across most of the UK attracted the largest increase in visitors out of all shopping destinations,” she added. “This translated into good news for stores too, which saw their fastest annual sales growth since January last year.”


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