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05 Nov 2021

BRC Sensormatic IQ Footfall Monitor October 2021 - Now available to download

Key findings include:

  • Year on year UK Footfall decreased by 13.7% in October (Yo2Y), with a 3.2 percentage point increase from September. This is above the 3-month average decline of 16.0%.
  • This was ahead of Spain (-19.8%), Germany (-26.1%), Italy (-34.6%) and France (-34.9%) in October (Yo2Y).
  • Footfall on High Streets declined by 18.3% in October (Yo2Y), 4.3 percentage points above last month's rate and above the 3-month average decline of 21.8%.
  • Retail Parks saw footfall decrease by 0.4% (Yo2Y), 1.2 percentage points above last month's rate and above the 3-month average decline of 1.4%.
  • Shopping Centre footfall declined by 33.6% (Yo2Y), 2.6 percentage points above last month's rate and above the 3-month average decline of 34.3%.

Helen Dickinson OBE, BRC Chief Executive, said:

 

“It was great to see the UK leading the way for footfall in October among the major European economies. This gives more retailers a reason to be hopeful as we enter the crucial golden quarter, with many embracing both digital and physical connections with their customers, and indicates that retail is playing a key part in the economic recovery. Footfall in retail parks almost reached its pre-pandemic level with their attractive offer of larger stores and free parking.

 

“While many UK cities have seen a significant rise in footfall in recent months, the largest cities – London, Birmingham and Glasgow – continue to lag behind other areas. Lower tourism levels, more working from home and lower usage of public transport due to Covid have disproportionately affected these cities as a result, as well as holding back shopping in city centres across the UK.”

Read the full report here


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