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Footfall Drops In May

The latest British Retail Consortium (BRC) BRC-Sensormatic IQ footfall monitor has revealed that total UK footfall decreased by 3.6% in May (YoY), up from -7.2% in April; high street footfall decreased by 2.7% in May (YoY), up from -6.9% in April; retail park footfall decreased by 2.3% in May (YoY), up from -6.2% in April; shopping centre footfall decreased by 4.5% in May (YoY), up from -7.2% in April.

“UK footfall declined in May, as Bank Holidays and improving weather failed to entice customers to make in person trips to shopping destination,” stated BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson OBE. “All locations did improve on the previous month, while Birmingham performed best out of the major cities, showing a positive footfall trend. Retailers will be hopeful that a warm summer, coupled with events such as the European Championships and Olympics, will boost footfall across all major shopping destinations across the UK.”

She added: “With an Election only five weeks away, political parties have a role to play too by having policies that mean retailers can invest in rejuvenating shopping destinations across the UK. A broken business rates system and outdated planning laws are holding back the industry – politicians of all stripes must address these issues. This will boost economic growth, lift consumer spirits, and help drive more shoppers back to our high streets and other retail destinations.”

Bira’s ceo Andrew Goodacre commented:  “These figures highlight the challenges faced by independent retailers. We have an Election on July 4 and whoever comes into government must prioritise restoring consumer confidence. It’s crucial for the new government to understand the importance of supporting local businesses to ensure the vitality of our high streets and shopping centres.

“Political candidates must consider robust measures that will boost consumer confidence and stimulate retail activity. This includes potential fiscal incentives, marketing campaigns to promote local shopping, and broader economic policies that enhance disposable income and spending power among consumers,” he added.

 

Top: Driving shoppers back to the high street must be a top priority for the next government.

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