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Footfall down across the UK in June despite buoyant sales

Footfall in June was 1.5% lower than a year ago and down from the 1% fall in May despite retail sales recording their strongest growth in 18 months during June. 

This is according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor which found both shopping centres and high street premises declined 2.4% and 2.8% respectively.

Despite this, footfall in retail parks continued to fare well with a 2.8% increase year-on-year, up from the 1.4% rise in May.

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All regions and nations in the UK saw a decline in footfall during the month, although five of the seven nations in England were above the UK average of -1.5%. Northern Ireland and Wales reported notable declines in footfall, down 3.5% and 3.0% respectively.

Helen Dickinson, director general at the BRC, said: “Retail parks have seen another increase in shopper numbers this month – which is good news for the retailers operating in these areas.  However, the fundamental shift in the way people are shopping seems to be driving the sustained reduction in shopper numbers to both high streets and shopping centres.

“This is a clear demonstration that the re-invention of the high street is far from complete. The process of creating multi-use destinations in the heart of our towns and cities needs to continue in earnest if people are going to be drawn back to the high street.”

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