Retail footfall declined by 1.7 percent year-on-year in September, a slight deepening on the previous month’s decline of 1.6 percent. The fall caused the second quarter to close on a low, with footfall sliding 1.4 percent on the same period previous year.
Footfall has seen a decrease of 2.2 percent in high street and 2.5 percent at shopping centres, as per the the Monthly Footfall Benchmark published by Springboard and British Retail Consortium (BRC).
“This month’s footfall figures are yet further demonstration of the increasingly difficult operating environment British retailers are facing,” said Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC.
Dickinson attributed shoppers’ reluctance to “the squeeze of increasing shop price inflation and little real wage growth”.
For high street, This is the second consecutive month of decline whereas for shopping centers, there’s some relief as the trend of deceleration is slowing, after witnessing decrease of 3.4 percent and 2.4 percent in July and August respectively.
The footfall growth at retail parks continued but slowed down to 0.1 percent in September from a 0.3 percent increase in August.