15 MAY 17

Fastest Quarter of Footfall Growth for Five Years

Footfall in April was 1.6 per cent up on a year ago, the sharpest rise in Footfall since March 2014. This is higher than the three-month average of 0.7 per cent, the first positive three-month average since  May 2014 and the fastest since February 2012.

The national town centre vacancy rate was 9.3 per cent in April 2017, down from 9.4 per cent in January 2017. This is the lowest rate since January 2016, when it stood at 8.7 per cent.  

"The shift of Easter to April this year from March last year delivered a demonstrable boost to footfall, with the +1.6% rise comprising a +5% increase in the first half of the month which culminated in Good Friday and Easter Saturday, but a drop of... " Diane Wehrle, Marketing & Insights Director at Springboard

"The Easter holidays boosted family visits to shopping destinations in April, resulting in the fastest annual growth of footfall since March 2014. The inclusion of the holidays in this period will have distorted this figure but even looking beyond this, the picture..." Helen Dickinson OBE, British Retail Consortium Chief Executive