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Spring brings a rise in shopper footfall

Footfall in March grew 1.3 percent on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014, reported the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The new figures are well above the three-month average of -0.2 percent. However, the new numbers are partly credited to a calendar distortion; March 2016 included Easter Sunday, when shops were shut, whereas this year did not, adding one more shopping day, and therefore one more day’s footfall, to the period.

Seven out of the ten nations/regions reported on by the BRC saw the rise in footfall, with growth found within all three major retail destinations throughout the month:

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  • High street: 1.7 percent
  • Retail Parks: 1.4 percent
  • Shopping Centres: 0.2 percent

The regions that did not see growth included Northern Ireland, where footfall fell by 3.7 percent. This was followed by the South West, where footfall fell by 2.3 percent.

Helen Dickinson, OBE chief executive of the BRC said: “The high street continues to outperform shopping centres and retail parks, for the second consecutive month.

“Disappointingly though, this didn’t translate into retail sales, which were down in March on the previous year.”

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