Shock of Queen's death impacts retail footfall - Ipsos
In some cases footfall would have been affected by store closures late on Thursday and on Friday with Selfridges, Liberty and French Connection all staying shut for a day. Many consumers, meanwhile, weren’t in a physical shopping mood and stayed glued to their TV sets on Thursday, Friday and at the weekend.
Footfall was also down 14.6% compared to 2019 in the non-food sector. But towns outperformed cities by 5.3% points compared to the pre-pandemic period.
The best performing region was South West England & Wales where store visits were down by ‘only’ 8.8%.
However, it’s those week-on-week figures that are most interesting and on that basis, footfall — which had been recovering in the UK’s city centres — fell as much as 7.8% in cities. And towns dropped a hefty 11.8% compared to the previous week.
High streets remained down 14.6% against three years ago but also fell 10.5% against the previous week. For retail parks those figures were -10.8% and -12.6% and for shopping centres they were -16.4% and -9.7%.
As mentioned, South West England & Wales did relatively well, but Scotland & Northern Ireland plummeted 18.5% against three years ago and 11% against the previous week.
For London and the South East, the falls were 17.2% and 12.7%.
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