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Retail footfall boosted by good weather in August

Footfall specialist, Springboard, has reported that levels were unexpectedly high in August as retailers benefited from record temperatures and increased staycations.

Figures showed that the number of visits to UK retail destinations in August was 13.2% below August 2019, compared to 14.2% down in July.

In high streets footfall strengthened to -15.1% and in shopping centres, it was -17.5%, compared to three years ago. Retail park figures worsened to -4.5%.

Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard, commented: “The magnitude of the dip from August to September in 2019 was -3.3%, and as the euphoria of a hot and sunny summer ends and the anticipation of austerity awaits, we anticipate that the drop in footfall from August to September this year will be at least equal or even greater than this.”

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