Wet Weather Impacts UK Shopper Numbers: Springboard

By Dayeeta Das
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Wet Weather Impacts UK Shopper Numbers: Springboard

Shopper numbers across Britain fell 4.1% in the week to 8 May versus the previous week, a third straight week of decline, with rain across much of the country hitting activity, researcher Springboard said on Monday.

It said shopper numbers, or footfall, was down 6.6% in high streets, 1.5% in shopping centres and 1.3% in retail parks.

"Rain across much of the UK for most of last week meant that footfall dipped again from the week before," said Diane Wehrle, Springboard's insights director.

"The impact of the rain was evident, with a more modest drop in activity in the enclosed environments of shopping centres and in retail parks that are (more) easily accessible by car than high streets."

Reopening After Lockdown

Non-essential stores reopened in England and Wales on 12 April after more than three months of COVID-19 lockdown. They reopened in Scotland on April 26 and Northern Ireland on April 30.


Footfall in Northern Ireland jumped 21.1% in the week to May 8 compared with the previous week.

Compared with the same week in 2019, before the pandemic started to disrupt trading last year, overall UK footfall was down 25.3%, Springboard said.

The number of people out shopping across Britain fell 3.4% in the week to 24 April after surging in the previous week when non-essential stores reopened in England and Wales after three months of lockdown.

In that period, shopper numbers, or footfall, dropped 0.8% from the previous week on high streets, 3.5% in retail parks and 8.4% in shopping centres.

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