Footfall in UK excessive streets and retail parks final month hit its highest degree because the begin of the Covid-19 pandemic as elevated home tourism boosted shopper exercise.
Information from the retail tracker Springboard discovered the variety of customers visiting bricks-and-mortar buying shops rose by 1 / 4 in August, helped by individuals selecting to take holidays at house this summer season.
Footfall was nonetheless nicely down on its pre-pandemic ranges in the identical month of 2019 however the hole was under 20% for the primary time because the virus first hit the UK in early 2020.
Springboard’s figures counsel customers are returning to buying in particular person fairly than on-line after the lifting of restrictions. Footfall was 18.6% decrease in August than in the identical month two years in the past, however that in contrast with a drop of 24.2% in July. The smaller decline in August footfall equated to an enchancment of a few quarter.
Retail parks confirmed the strongest efficiency, with footfall down solely 2.4% on August 2019. Excessive road footfall was nonetheless displaying a 23.5% decline, whereas buying centre footfall was down 24%.
Diane Wehrle, Springboard’s advertising and insights director, mentioned: “Regardless of restrictions being lifted for abroad journey, it’s clear that Brits selected to remain house for the summer season, which gave a fine addition to excessive streets – and notably these which are engaging customer locations resembling coastal and historic cities.
“In giant cities exterior of the capital, the advance in footfall in August was almost double that in smaller excessive streets, placing them at a comparable degree versus 2019 for the primary time.”
In a separate report, Barclaycard mentioned heavy shopper spending on leisure, leisure and consuming out had made the August financial institution vacation weekend the heaviest interval for credit score and debit card exercise since Christmas Eve 2019. Transactions had been up 14.4% on 2020 and 9.4% increased than in 2019.