Footfall drops 8.6% as sunshine fails to attract shoppers

Figures showed there was both a yearly and monthly decline

The UK high street saw an overall 8.6% year-on-year drop in footfall despite the warm May bank holidays, figures show.

According to Ipsos’ UK Retail Traffic Weathermap, London and the south east saw the sharpest decline with 13.3% fewer shoppers on the high street compared with the same period last year.

The Midlands saw a decrease of 9.3%, Scotland and Northern Ireland experienced a 7.9% drop. Northern England and south west England and Wales saw declines of 4.5% and 5.5% respectively.

Compared with last month, the overall footfall for the May dipped slightly by 1.4%.

London and the south east and Northern England were the only two regions to see increases compared to April, recording figures of 1.7% and 3% respectively.

The Midlands saw a 1.5% decline, while Scotland and Northern Ireland attracted 0.5% less shoppers than in April. South west England and Wales saw the biggest drop with 4.3% less people on the high street.

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