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Footfall continues to drop in second week of Lockdown 3 but not to Lockdown 1 levels

Tom Bottomley
18 January 2021

UK footfall is now 67.5% lower than in the same week of 2020, but that is still some way off from the lowest level of -82.2% reached during the first Lockdown, or even the level in the second week of Lockdown 1 when footfall had declined by -75.1%.

The new data from retail experts Springboard indicates that fewer people are staying home during Lockdown 3 compared to Lockdown 1.

Footfall across all UK retail destinations declined by -10.9% last week (10-16 January) compared to the week before, less than half the drop of -27.1% in the previous week. Footfall was 14.6% lower in shopping centres and -11.5% lower in high streets, however, in retail parks the drop was less than half that at -5.8%.

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard, said: “In what was the second full week of lockdown across the UK, footfall in retail destinations once again declined from the previous week, although the rate of decline slowed to less than half of that in the week before. This means that the annual decline in footfall has still not equalled either the lowest level in Lockdown 1 or even the level in the second week of Lockdown 1.”


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