New coronavirus curbs affect footfall in retail outlets
LONDON (UK) – The number of shoppers across all retail destinations in Britain dropped 3% last week compared to the previous week. It was triggered by the government coming out with new restrictions to stem the spread of the virus, said market researcher Springboard on Monday.
The researcher said although footfall in the week to Sept. 26 climbed 1.1% and 0.9% in retail parks and shopping centres, it slid 6.8% in high streets.
After the government on Tuesday urged people to work from home if possible, footfall declined by an average of 11% from the following day to Saturday, said Springboard.
Footfall across all retail destinations last week remained 28% lower than 2019 on a year-on-year basis.