June retail footfall slumps to seven-year low

Consumer confidence Retail sales High street, independents, retail

Latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have revealed a retail footfall decline of -2.9% year-on-year for the five weeks covering 26 May – 29 June, 2019. The figures represent a seven-year low.

High Street footfall declined by -4.5%, following from the increase of +0.1% in June last year, meanwhile retail park footfall increased by +0.1%, following from June 2018 when footfall decreased by -0.4%. Shopping centre footfall declined by -2.4%, following June 2018’s decline of -3.4%.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: “Poor footfall this June led to a significant fall in the sales figures for the month. High streets were worst hit by the relatively poor June weather, with shopping centres also performing badly, however, retail parks managed to buck the trend.

“High streets and shopping centres across the country need to invest in improving their consumer experience if they wish to see these footfall numbers reverse.”

Diane Wehrle, Springboard marketing and Insights director, added: “The drop in footfall in June of -2.9% is disappointing. It was much more severe than the -0.9% drop in June last year.

“However, given the exceptional and ongoing disruptive political and economic period we are facing, coupled with unprecedented structural changes in the retail sector, we might actually expect consumer activity to have taken an even greater hit.”