Footfall down 1.1% across the UK in July

Total UK retail footfall in July was 1.1% lower than the same time last year, though this still represented a marginal improvement on the 1.5% fall in June.

Data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor showed footfall on the high street and in shopping centres fell 2.2% and 2.5%, respectively.

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This is in contrast to latest figures from Ipsos Retail Performance, which said footfall growth in the UK during July had increased at its fastest rate for 11 years.


Retail parks continued to fare well reporting a footfall increase of 3.1% compared with the same month last year. This was the highest increase since May 2014, excluding Easter distortions.

London was the only region to report positive footfall growth (0.4%), while the East Midlands, at a fall of 0.7%, was the only other region to report footfall above the UK average fall of 1.1%.

Meanwhile the national town centre vacancy rate was 9.8% in July, this was down from the 10.2% rate reporting in April 2015. This was the lowest reported rate since reporting started in July 2011.

Helen Dickinson, director general at the BRC, said: “Today’s figures contain interesting news for the UK’s retail industry. The continued popularity of retail parks will cheer retailers who have invested in these locations – a footfall increase of 3.1 % is the highest we’ve seen since May 2014.

“The fall in shop vacancy rates to below 10% for the first time since this monitor began will also be welcomed, albeit cautiously.”

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