Footfall declined by 3.1% on Boxing Day, the third consecutive year in which footfall on Boxing Day has been lower than in the year before according to the latest figures from Springboard. \r\n\r\nSpringboard said the fall \u201cindicates the lessening in importance of Boxing Day as a trading day\u201d. Over the last few years footfall on Boxing Day has been found to be consistently 10% lower than on Black Friday, with footfall in 2018 reported as 10.7% lower. \r\n\r\nFootfall on Boxing Day was also 12% lower than on 22 December, the \u201cpeak\u201d trading day before Christmas. Part of the reason for the drop in footfall was attributed to the \u201calmost continuous\u201d discounting that has been taking place by retailers this year - particularly over the period from Black Friday onwards - which Springboard added \u201cnegates the reason to defer purchases to Boxing Day\u201d.\r\n\r\nThe magnitude of decline was less than in the previous two years, but this was due to a smaller drop in high street footfall, which was virtually flat at -0.3% compared with -6.2% in 2017 and -3.6% in 2016. \r\n\r\nSpringboard said the data \u00a0shows that many consumers who visited retail destinations on Boxing Day would have been doing so as part of a \u201cwider leisure experience\u201d, and the greater variety of restaurants and coffee shops in high streets enables shoppers to make the most of their trips and include lunch or coffee whilst shopping.\r\n\r\nThis was said to have been illustrated by the decline of just -1% in high street footfall between 12pm and 2pm compared with -2.8% before 12pm. Drops in footfall of -4.7% in shopping centres and -6.5% in retail parks between 12pm and 2pm meaning shopping centres and retail parks were not able to \u201ccapture lunchtime footfall so successfully\u201d according to Springboard.