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Retailers endure 9th month of footfall decline through January

Retailers suffered a lacklustre January sales period this year as footfall dropped 6.6 per cent following an “exceptionally tough” 2017. According to new data from market research company Ipsos, the effects of heavy discounting on Black Friday extended through early January, shifting sales away from the traditionally solid trading period. This reportedly marks the ninth consecutive month of falling footfall volumes, and is likely to have encouraged the swathe of job cuts announced in the beginning of the year.

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Footfall sees sharpest decline in 4 years through December

December saw the highest decline in footfall for four years in “a significant weakening in performance” as a fall in discretionary spend and increasing shift to online shopping takes it toll on the high street. According to the BRC – Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor, footfall declined 3.5 per cent from November 26 to December 30, marking the sharpest decline since March 2013. This extended across all regions with the South West being hit the hardest enduring a 5.2 per cent decline, while Scotland and Greater London also saw footfall rates drop 3.7 per cent and 4.7 per cent respectively.






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Retail footfall takes a hit over Christmas

A bad start to the month followed by heavy snowfall has dragged down the footfall figures for one of the most important trading periods of the retail calendar. According to the latest monthly Retail Traffic Index (RTI) compiled by consultancy firm Ipsos Retail Performance, overall UK footfall plummeted by 9.6 per cent last month compared to the same time in 2016






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Boxing Day footfall “drop is greater than expected” as confidence wanes

The number of shoppers flocking to UK high streets and shopping centres as they scrambled to secure Boxing Day bargains fell at a rate “greater than expected” this year. According to Springboard footfall fell by 4.5 per cent to 5pm compared to last year, marking the fifth drop in shopper numbers in the last six years. High streets were hit hardest, with footfall dropping 5.8 per cent year-on-year.






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Boxing Day footfall “drop is greater than expected” as confidence wanes

The number of shoppers flocking to UK high streets and shopping centres as they scrambled to secure Boxing Day bargains fell at a rate “greater than expected” this year. According to Springboard footfall fell by 4.5 per cent to 5pm compared to last year, marking the fifth drop in shopper numbers in the last six years. High streets were hit hardest, with footfall dropping 5.8 per cent year-on-year.






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Lacklustre high street in build-up to Christmas

Footfall and retail sales growth on the high street has been lacklustre in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with heavy snow and Black Friday blamed.






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November footfall rises but experts warn it’s “unlikely to signal” turnaround

Footfall throughout November peaked as shoppers took to the high street to catch Black Friday sales, although it’s “unlikely to signal a reversal” in a longer-term downtrend. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard’s Footfall and Vacancies Monitor in the four weeks to November 20 ,  footfall jumped 0.2 per cent year-on-year, above the one per cent decline seen last November and three month rolling average






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Black Friday boosts overall November footfall

Footfall in UK retail recovered in November after a poor run in October, thanks to a boost from Black Friday shopping.






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West End bounces back despite Black Friday terror scare false alarm

London’s West End rallied over the weekend to outperform the country as shoppers returned to Oxford Street in droves despite the terror scare false alarm on Black Friday. According to the New West End Company, which represents 600 businesses in the world-famous retail and leisure district, there was one per cent increase in shoppers over the weekend compared to the same weekend in 2016. West End also had the best Black Friday on record up until 4pm – right before the false reports of an incident at Oxford Circus tube station emerged – footfall up 4.5 per cent year-on-year






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October footfall drops to lowest level since Brexit

Footfall decreased to its lowest rate since the Brexit referendum in October mirroring “the month’s paltry sales performance.” According to new data from Springboard and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) footfall fell two per cent, coming well below the three-month average decline of 1.4 per cent, and nudging the post referendum 2.3 per cent slump. The East of was the only region to see any footfall growth over the period rising one per cent and marking the eleventh quarter of consecutive growth. High street footfall in the East Midlands dropped 1.5 per cent, slowing from the 2.8 per cent decline seen a month prior, while the East and Wales were the only areas to experience high street growth up 1.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively.






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