It was all looking so good at the beginning of June. But more bad weather and the announcement of a further delay to the complete reopening of retail saw UK footfall again dipping for a second consecutive week.
Footfall across all UK retail destinations couldn’t maintain some impressive gains made at the start of the month, falling 6.7% week-on-week in the seven days spanning 6-12 June, latest Springboard data shows.
UK high streets basked in the warmth of consumer popularity last week, latest figures from Springboard show. Indeed good weather, a bank holiday and school breaks saw footfall across all retail destinations rise 11.6%.
Great to be back. Shoppers in Northern Ireland showed just how much the end of the lockdown meant over the May Bank Holiday weekend with over 136,000 visiting the Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon.
Footfall in UK retail destinations rose a modest 0.5% last week, despite continuing poor weather. And that albeit mildly positive number was driven by a stronger showing across high streets, particularly in London.
UK retail may be open for business again, but some smaller traders are far from happy at the speed of the revival, with campaign group Save The Street calling for government help to stimulate local spending.
Poor spring weather over much of the UK hit shopper footfall numbers last week, although Scotland's retail reopening bought much brighter figures, according to latest reports from Springboard and Ipsos.