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Retail Reopens – bringing you the latest UK footfall results

Sunday 5th July

Stores on the high street were again top of the pack

  • Another day of footfall less than half of last year on a like-for-like basis.
  • Footfall fell by -51.5% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -63.6% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Stores on the high street were again top of the pack, continuing the theme of shoppers preferring the high street at the weekend and retail parks during the week.

 

 


Saturday 4th July

Stores located on a high street were the best performers

  • Footfall slipped back to less than half the level seen last year.
  • Footfall fell by -52.4% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -64.8% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Stores located on a high street were the best performers when compared to shopping malls and retail parks.

 

 


Friday 3rd July

Footfall continued on the same theme with a -47.1% fall on a like-for-like basis

  • Footfall continued on the same theme with a -47.1% fall on a like-for-like basis and -60.0% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Stores in the North West struggled the most with a like-for-like fall off -50.6%.

 


Thursday 2nd July

Retail Parks continue to be the most favoured shopping location

  • Footfall continues to be at about half the level of last year on a like-for-like basis.
  • Footfall fell by -48.6% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -59.8% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Retail Parks continue to be the most favoured shopping location.

 


Wednesday 1st July

Footfall recovered slightly to -47.7% year-on-year

  • Footfall recovered slightly to -47.7% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -59.7% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Despite Leicester being back in lockdown, the East Midlands still performed above average at -46.4% on a like-for-like basis.
  • The high street is still struggling to recover when compared to shopping malls and retail parks.

 


Tuesday 30 June

Shoppers in London and the South West are continuing to be most cautious

  • Another slight recovery as footfall fell by -49.7% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -60.6% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Shoppers in London and the South West are continuing to be most cautious, leading them to be the poorest performing regions.

 


Monday 29th June

Footfall recovering slowly but remains low when compared to last year.

  • Footfall recovered slightly but is still at around half the level of last year.
  • On a like-for-like basis footfall fell by -50.6% and -62.1% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Retail parks continue to be the locations most favoured by shoppers.

 


Sunday 28th June

Stores located in shopping malls took the biggest hit when compared to the high street and retail parks.

  • Footfall slipped back again on Sunday to -53.1% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -66.9% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Stores located in shopping malls took the biggest hit when compared to the high street and retail parks.

 


Saturday 27th June

Another slight recovery as the weather cooled down.

  • Another slight recovery as the weather cooled down. Footfall fell by -51.1% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -65.3% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Stores in the South West and London are continuing to struggle and are again the poorest performing regions.

 


Friday 26th June

Footfall recovered slightly to -52.3% year-on-year

  • Footfall recovered slightly to -52.3% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -65.2% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Despite this slight recovery, these figures are still behind what was recorded in the first week of trading after lockdown.
  • Retail parks were most favoured when compared to the high street and shopping malls.

 


Thursday 25th June

It is estimated that 74% of stores have now opened.

  • The hottest day of the year so far in 2020 continued the theme for the UK public to favour the parks and beaches as opposed to spending their time in the shops. On a like-for-like basis, open stores recorded a fall of -55.6% compared to last year and -65.9% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Shopping malls saw the biggest year-on-year loss when compared to the high street and retail parks.
  • It is estimated that 74% of stores have now opened.

 


Wednesday 24th June

Footfall slipped back again due to the warm weather

  • Footfall slipped back again as the warm weather tempted people to the now open parks and beaches. On a like-for-like basis, open stores recorded a fall of -53.5% compared to last year and -64.5% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Stores in the South West are still continuing to struggle when compared to the rest of the country.
  • Footfall levels in stores on retail parks were top of the pack when compared to shopping malls and the high street.

 


Tuesday 23rd June

Footfall continues to recover since stores reopened. 

  • Footfall recovered slightly to -45.7% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -59.2% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • It is estimated that 54% of stores in Wales have now reopened following the easing of lockdown on Monday.
  • For the first time since stores opened after lockdown, shopping malls took the biggest hit, with footfall falling -46.5% when compared to last year.

 


Monday 22nd June

There was a slight recovery from the weekend on the second Monday after lockdown

  • There was a slight recovery from the weekend on the second Monday after lockdown as footfall fell by -47.2% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -61.5% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed)
  • Footfall is still struggling to return to the South West and Yorkshire & Humberside as those two regions recorded a like-for-like fall of over 50%

 

W/C 15th June – Year On Year Footfall Weathermap:

Retail Footfall

Data analysis (all figures comparing the previous year-on-year period):

Location / store type Percentage change
UK overall
-51.4%
North England
-49.3%
N Ireland
-49.9%
The Midlands
-48.9%
South West
-53.4%
London & SE
-51.6%
High Street
-51.4%
Retail Park
-51.0%
Shopping Centre
-52.0%
Books & stationery   -43.4%
Clothing & shoes  -81.2%
DIY & homeware  -24.8%
Electrical & phones  -22.6%
General / variety / dept store  -37.8%
Jewellery & accessories  -38.9%
Leisure & sport  -43.4%
Other   -54.6%

 

 


Sunday 21st June

Sunday was almost a carbon copy of Saturday

  • Sunday was almost a carbon copy of Saturday as footfall fell by -53.3% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -69.2% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • In contrast to the rest of the week before, London came top of the pack with footfall falling by just -43.6%.

 

Footfall statistics

 

 


Saturday 20th June

A disappointing first Saturday back after lockdown

  • A disappointing first Saturday back after lockdown as footfall fell by -53.2% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -69.7% overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed)
  • For the first time this week, London didn’t record the biggest loss as stores in the South West and Yorkshire & Humberside recorded the biggest deficits
  • The estimated percentage of stores open has stayed constant since Thursday at 68%.

 


Friday 19th June

Retail parks are still faring better

  • There was a slight recovery compared to Thursday with footfall falling by -46.2% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -65.0% at an overall level (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Again, it was the stores in London that continued to suffer when compared to the rest of the country.
  • Retail parks are still faring better when compared to high streets and shopping malls, but the gap is closing.

 


Thursday 18th June

London and the South West took the biggest negative hit

  • The percentage of stores that opened stayed the same as Wednesday at an estimated 68%.
  • Footfall took a further dive however, falling by -49.3% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis and -66.5% at an overall level (taking into account the stores remaining closed).
  • Stores in London and the South West took the biggest negative hit when compared to the rest of the country.

 


Wednesday 17th June

Footfall levels in stores on retail parks saw slightly better year-on-year results

  • Wednesday’s percentage of stores that had opened up was marginally down compared to Tuesday, with the estimated percentage open standing at 68%.
  • It is thought that some operational niggles over implementing safe shopping practices were largely to blame, but staff availability and unprofitable trading may have been influencing factors in some stores.
  • Footfall comparisons against last year were almost exactly the same on Wednesday as they were on Tuesday. On a like-for-like basis, open stores were generating footfall that was down -43.8% on last year on average (compared to -43.4% the day before) and overall (taking into account the stores remaining closed) the percentage stood at -62.6% (compared to -62.8% on Tuesday).
  • Stores in London, South West England and Yorkshire & Humberside continue to struggle with lower year-on-year comparatives than elsewhere. Footfall levels in stores on retail parks saw slightly better year-on-year results to either stores on high streets or shopping malls.

 


Tuesday 16th June

Further 11% of retailers open their doors

  • Another 11% of non-food stores opened up today, bringing the estimated percentage to over 70%. This was largely the result of Monday’s first day of safe shopping deployment being successful, allowing retailers to open up the majority of their estates.
  • Our Retail Traffic Index (RTI) data shows that the like-for-like comparison to last year dropped back to -43.4% from -38.4% on Monday, when shoppers were finally free from their lockdown cabin fever.
  • In overall footfall terms (all stores, open and remaining closed) the delta remained very similar at -62.8% to Monday’s -62.7%.

 


Monday 15th June

Over 60% Of Retailers Opened Their Doors To Shoppers On Monday

  • It is estimated over 60% of stores in England re-opened on Monday 15 June.
  • Footfall was down -38.4% year-on-year on a comparative basis for stores that were open.
  • London was the worst hit, with footfall falling -46.6% compared to last year.
  • Many of the long queues were a result of social distancing measures, not overall footfall volume.

 

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