With supply chain issues to the fore, if you want to know what the footfall forecasts are for UK retail in the critical six-week period covering Black Friday, Christmas, and post-Christmas periods, read on.
The signs are looking good. UK retail footfall “surprisingly" continued to strengthen in September, boosted by a slow return to office working together with the beginnings of the return of overseas tourists.
Footfall across all UK retail destinations rose week-on-week in the latest seven days (19-25 September) and was particularly welcome on three important fronts. It was the first rise registered in the past four weeks.
Footfall across UK retail destinations dipped 4.2% week-on-week in the seven-day 5-11 September period, with shopping centres and retail parks bearing the brunt of the decline, latest Springboard figures show.
City centre retail has suffered from the pandemic as tourists haven’t returned in large numbers and office workers stay home. But there’s hope, with signs of office workers returning to semi-normal working patterns.
Footfall in Central and Greater London continued to outpace the rest of the UK in the latest week, says Springboard. Total footfall across the country’s retail destinations fell 1.7% in the 15-21 September period.
Footfall across UK destinations rose by a meagre 0.9% week-on-week in the last seven days (11-17 July). But expect footfall to jump almost 20% this 'Freedom Week' across the country, predicts Springboard.
It was all looking so good at the beginning of June. But more bad weather and the announcement of a further delay to the complete reopening of retail saw UK footfall again dipping for a second consecutive week.