Posted 18th June

Footfall ‘plummets’ in retail locations across the UK

18th June 2019 - 07:00am
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The latest British Retail Consortium – BRC – Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor has reported plummeting footfall figures in retail locations across the UK, with a 3.5% footfall decline in May compared with a fall of just 0.4% in the same month last year.

High streets saw footfall drop by 4.8% last month, while retail park footfall fell by 0.8% compared with a 0.6% rise in May 2018. Shopping centres saw a decrease in footfall of 3.6% – steeper than the three-month average decline of 2.1%.

“The colder weather, as well as ongoing political and economic uncertainty, made many consumers think twice before heading out to the shops this May,” said BRC CEO Helen Dickinson. “While consumers stayed away from the shops this May, retailers still had to pay the full cost of business rates, which are levied regardless of whether a store makes a penny at the till.

“These rising costs are making many retailers rethink investment decisions, as well as contributing to store closures up and down the country. The Government must act to reform this anachronistic tax system or it will be the consumers who suffer the shuttered windows at their local shopping locations.”


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