Footfall rose by 9% across all UK retail destinations last week for the first time since the Christmas trading period.
According to figures published by Springboard, the week ending on 25 January saw footfall rise by 10.9% in high streets, 9.2% in shopping centres and 4.5% in retail parks.
It follows reports last week which saw a decline of -10.9% and an average of -22.6% over the preceding four weeks.
The increase comes despite the national lockdown remaining in place, with the recent surge now strengthening the annual result to -65.3% across all retail destinations, from – 67.5% in the week before.
Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard said: “Despite rain and snow last week across much of the UK, footfall rose in retail destinations last week from the week before for the first time in five weeks; perhaps providing the first indications of lockdown fatigue emerging once again.
“The last rise in footfall was in the peak Christmas trading week beginning 13th December, and even then the rise was only a third as large as last week’s; since then there has been a double digit drop in footfall in each week.”