News coverage – a round up of industry news featuring Springboard’s data and insights

Jan 12, 2022

Springboard’s footfall benchmarks are the most extensive and up to date within the industry and trusted by the media (BBC, Sky and ITV) and UK government.


Tuesday 11th January

Sky News Retail and restaurants held back as Omicron dampened appetite for Christmas shopping and parties

Retail Gazette UK footfall drops in first week of 2022 as work from home rules hit city centres


Monday 10th January

Sky News Wilko: Hundreds of jobs at risk as home and garden retailer plans to shut stores with expensive leases

Reuters UK shopper numbers down 6% last week as city centres avoided

Daily Mail ‘Another nail in the coffin for the High Street’: Anger as Wilko reveals it will shut FIFTEEN stores this year putting 330 jobs at risk sparking calls for councils and landlords to slash cost of rent

City A.M. Central London continues to feel impact of Plan B measures

Drapers Covid ‘work from home’ rules impact footfall 

Fashion Network UK footfall drops in latest week, London suffers most


Friday 7th January

Sky News Greggs affected by COVID-19: Consumer caution over Omicron takes a bite out of sales

The Telegraph Omicron grant is a ‘drop in the ocean’ for restaurants

The Telegraph Working from home creates new crisis for high street retailers

The Independent Omicron fears dampened last-minute Christmas retail boost, figures show

Drapers Omicron dampens festive footfall

Evening Standard Omicron fears dampened last-minute Christmas retail boost, figures show


Thursday 6th January

Retail Gazette UK footfall rises thanks to shopping centres

Fashion Network UK December footfall disappoints on Omicron concerns, gap with 2019 widens


Tuesday 4th January

Reuters FTSE 100 hits fresh 1-1/2 year high in upbeat start to the year

Daily Mail Business Close: FTSE 100 rises sharply; Evergrande shares frozen; Tesla shares surge despite disruption

Fashion United UK high streets end 2021 with a rise in footfall

Drapers New Year’s Eve footfall rises

Retail Gazette Good news for high streets as consumers return for New Year’s Eve


Wednesday 29th December

BBC Shoppers avoid city centres on Christmas Eve, figures suggest

The Guardian Britons shy away from Boxing Day sales amid concern over Omicron variant

The Independent Shoppers avoid first day of post-Christmas sales as footfall drops amid Covid concerns

Drapers Shoppers shun Boxing Day Sales amid Omicron fears

Retail Week Boxing Day footfall down as Omicron nervousness takes hold

Daily Mail Shoppers creep bac to High Streets and retail parks after Boxing Day sales slump with footfall now just 27% down on pre-pandemic levels after Boris gave green light New Year’s Eve


Monday 20th December

BBC News UK shoppers avoid High Streets amid Omicron fears

Financial Times Footfall in pre-Christmas retail period softens in UK

Reuters Weekend shopper numbers on UK high street suffer Omicron hit

The Independent Angry business leaders warn of ‘cataclysmic Christmas’ as government fails to deliver support

City A.M. Shoppers shy away from West End on ‘critical’ weekend before Christmas as bosses call for urgent support

The Times Pubs and shops rue a nightmare before Christmas

The Telegraph Hospitality hit by £1.5 billion Christmas Eve rent bill

Business Telegraph UK high streets hit by dip in footfall over key Christmas weekend

The Guardian UK retailers offload Christmas trees for £1 or less as shoppers stay away

The Guardian UK high street footfall drops ahead of busiest shopping weekend of the year

Drapers High street footfall slumps ahead of Christmas

Daily Express Retailers flog Christmas trees for under £1 as shoppers stay away amid Omicron surge

Metro Weekend shopper numbers on UK high streets suffer Omicron hit

Retail Week Data: Weekend footfall slumps as Omicron dampens last-minute Christmas sales

Retail Gazette Omicron sees retail suffer on last weekend before Christmas

Retail Gazette Retail footfall drops as Omicron cases surge in UK

Fashion Network Weekend dash to shops weaker than hoped as Omicron keeps shoppers home

London South East UK retail footfall declines at weekend as Covid fears empty cities

Global Banking & Finance Weekend shopper numbers on UK high streets suffer Omicron hit


Sunday 19th December

Retail Gazette Retail footfall drops as Omicron cases surge in UK


Friday 17th December

The Guardian UK high street footfall drops ahead of busiest shopping


Tuesday 14th December

Retail Gazette UK footfall dips as Plan B restrictions hit high streets

Drapers Pre-Christmas footfall suffers Plan B slump


Monday 13th December

Sky News COVID-19: Business warnings over impact of tougher coronavirus restrictions

City A.M. London’s shopping destinations seeing ‘first sign’ of hit from plan B measures

Drapers ‘Work from home’ rules begin today

Fashion Network Omicron concerns hit UK weekly footfall numbers but London’s West End enjoys weekend bounce

Evening Standard Plan B impact already felt on high streets as footfall declines

Daily Mail UK shopper numbers fall ahead of new COVID restrictions


Tuesday 7th December

The Times City centres kept quiet by fears over Omicron variant

Checkout UK Shopper Numbers Show First Signs Of Omicron Impact: Springboard


Monday 6th November

The Guardian Bank of England’s Broadbent sees inflation over 5% soon; markets rally as Omicron fears fade – as it happened

The Telegraph Tesla falls under $1 trillion valuation as shares keep sliding

Reuters UK shopper numbers show first signs of Omicron impact – Springboard

Drapers ‘Hesitancy’ among London shoppers amid Omicron fears

Retail Gazette UK footfall rises thanks to shopping centres

GlobeSt Why Brick and Mortar Retailing Will Outlast the Global Pandemic

Fashion Network West End footfall “flatlines” despite busy Saturday, other cities are weak

International Business Gazette UK development sector gathers velocity as shortages ease; German manufacturing unit orders tumble – enterprise dwell | Enterprise


Thursday 2nd December

City A.M. Black Friday sales failed to boost retail footfall last month

Retail Week Data: ‘Weaker than anticipated’ Black Friday contributes to November footfall decline

Drapers Black Friday fails to boost footfall


Monday 29th November

Sky News Bleak Black Friday for high street as bargain-hunters went elsewhere

City A.M. Central London only slightly busier amid Black Friday sales

Retail Times High street footfall drops on Black Friday for first time in history, Springboard reports

Retail Week Black Friday footfall drops on high streets for first time as card transactions soar

Retail Gazette Black Friday footfall down for first time in history

Fashion United Cyber Monday a big success for retailers

Drapers Shoppers go cold on Black Friday


Friday 26th November

Bloomberg Springboard delivers solid insights on Bloomberg Daybreak

Sky News Black Friday heralds raft of offers from big retailers but event ‘not what it once was’

East Anglian Daily Times Black Friday expected to further boost recovery of East’s high streets

Retail Week Black Friday bounce for bricks and mortar as online sales slow

Retail Sector Footfall on the rise ahead of festive season

The Mirror Cyber Monday to see 11.6m Brits spend £1.5bn amid fears Covid variant will shut shops


Monday 22nd November

Financial Times UK consumer spending continues to rise despite surging inflation

The Telegraph How did Black Friday get its name? The history behind why it’s the biggest sales event of the year

City A.M. Retailers are using experiences, not goods, to keep high street fashion on trend

Business Telegraph UK consumer spending continues to rise despite surging inflation

Retail Times Footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +4.1% last week, Springboard reports

Retail Gazette Black Friday sales to boost UK retail footfall as shoppers search for bargain deals

Drapers Christmas shopping boosts footfall

Fashion United Black Friday retailers to see surge in footfall, says forecast


Monday 15th November

City A.M. Christmas light switch-on brings shoppers back to the high street

The Telegraph How did Black Friday get its name? The history behind the biggest sales event of the year

Drapers Christmas lights ‘switch-ons’ boost footfall

Retail Gazette Footfall boosted by Christmas light switch-ons

Retail Week Data: Peak trading tracker – weekly online and footfall trends

Fashion Network UK retail footfall enjoys early Christmas season lift

Retail Destination UK retail footfall improves as Christmas celebrations begin


Tuesday 9th November

Retail Sector Footfall drops 11.6% as half-term boost ends


Monday 8th November

Retail Times Footfall across UK retail destinations declines -9.3% last week, Springboard reports

Drapers Footfall falls ‘sharply’ as half-term ends

I News No Time to Die: Daniel Craig’s Bond movie credited with turning around fortunes of struggling UK cinemas


Thursday 4th November

The Telegraph How did Black Friday get its name? The history behind the biggest sales event of the year

ONS Bulletin Economic activity and social change in the UK, real-time indicators: 4 November 2021

City A.M. Central London footfall continues to rise thanks to office return

Fashion Network Welcome boost October retail footfall provides “optimistic” early start to Christmas – Springboard

Retail Times Welcome boost to retail footfall in October provides optimistic early start to Christmas, reports Springboard

Retail Week Data: Footfall recovery in October gives retailers hope for Christmas

London South East UK retail footfall closer to pre-virus levels amid half-term boost


Tuesday 2nd November

City A.M. Half Term boost for central London as footfall spikes

Drapers October half-term boosts footfall figures


Monday 1st November

Retail Gazette UK footfall bounces back thanks to half-term

Retail Sector Footfall surges during half-term break

Fashion Network London shines as UK weekly footfall strengthens on half-term boost


Wednesday 27th October

Office for Budget Responsibility


Tuesday 26th October

The Times Footfall drops amid rising case numbers

Retail Sector Footfall declines in lead up to half-term

City A.M. Drift to office slows as workers put off by Covid concerns


Monday 25th October

Drapers Footfall declines as school holidays approach


Wednesday 22nd October

Women’s Wear Daily Retailers Hope for a Holiday Miracle as U.K. Consumers Shun Shops


Tuesday 19th October

Retail Times Footfall plateaus despite warning of supply issues for Christmas, Springboard reports

Retail Sector UK footfall return remains steady


Monday 18th October

Drapers Footfall stagnates in October

Fashion Network UK footfall fails to grow, but recovery in London, other cities continues

London South East London close: Stocks start new week in muted mood


Wednesday 13th October

The Times Christmas tills to ring more quietly on high street


Tuesday 12th October

Drapers Bumper Black Friday predicted


Monday 11th October

Sky News Black Friday boost expected as anxious shoppers stock up early for Christmas

Fashion United Christmas to come early with shoppers wary of supply chain issues


Friday 8th October

Retail Gazette Retail footfall improves in September


Thursday 7th October

Retail Week Data: Footfall climbs in September as shoppers return to the office

City A.M. Covid pandemic accounts for around 15 per cent drop in retail footfall

Retail Sector Footfall continues steady improvement in September | News


Sunday 1st October

The Times London’s mojo is rising…but it’s still not quite like the old times


Tuesday 28th September

The Times Returning to office workers give high street a boost


Monday 27th September

City A.M. London is back: Footfall boost as Brits return to city centres

Reuters Shoppers in central London up 6.5% as workers return to offices – Springboard

Drapers Return to office prompts fashion footfall rise

London South East London close: Rolls-Royce locks in gains in mixed day for stocks

U.S. News Shoppers in Central London up 6.5% as Workers Return to Offices – Springboard

Retail Times Retail footfall increases as workers return to the office, Springboard reports

Metro US Shoppers in central London up 6.5% as workers return to offices – Springboard


Tuesday 14th September

Retail Gazette Footfall down 4.2% last week despite central London seeing returns to office

Belfast Telegraph School returns push Northern Ireland footfall down 5.2%

Retail Sector Footfall declines 4.2% despite signs of office return


Monday 13th September

The Guardian Visits to uK retail destinations fell by 4.2% last week, as the end of the summer holiday break hit shopping.

City A.M. Gradual recovery: Central London shows signs of return to the office

Fashion Network Hope for city centre retail as office workers return

Drapers Back to school prompts footfall drop

Fashion United UK footfall falls, but signs emerge of workers returning to offices



Thursday 2nd September

Sky News Staycation boost for high street as footfall improves in August

The Telegraph “Turning point for bricks and mortar”

The Guardian Britons holidaying in UK give welcome boost to high street

Reuters UK shopper numbers improve in August, narrowing gap on pre-pandemic level

Independent Staycations help maintain recovery in shopper footfall in August

Retail Week Data: Soaring footfall in August suggests light at the end of tunnel for retail

Retail Gazette Staycations help boost August footfall


Wednesday 1st September

City A.M Bank holiday weekend busiest spending period since Christmas 2019


Tuesday 24th August

The Times Rain keeps shoppers home and dry as consumer footfall declines

The Irish News Supermarket shopping behaviour moving away from stockpiling


Monday 23rd August

The Guardian UK and US private sector growth hit by Delta variant and shortages – as it happened

Retail Gazette UK footfall drops as wet weather dampens demand

Drapers Rainy weather dampens footfall

Fashion United A quiet August leads to drop in footfall and retail sales


Wednesday 11th August

Retail Sector Summer holidays boost UK footfall

Tuesday 10th August

The Times BRC/KPMG survey: Retail sales growth slows as rival attractions open their doors

The Guardian More high street stores close as retail recovery stutters

Retail Gazette School summer holiday period sees UK footfall rise

Retail Destination Retail footfall edges closer to pre-pandemic


Monday 9th August

Reuters UK shopper numbers get school holidays boost – Springboard


Thursday 5th August

The Guardian Inflation and ‘pingdemic’ slow UK’s service sector recovery

Retail Times Pingdemic panic ahead of summer holiday season impacts footfall across UK retail destinations, Springboard reports

Retail Week Data: ‘Pingdemic’ hits footfall after short-lived ‘freedom day’ boost

Halifax High streets lead weekly rise in retail footfall – Springboard.


Monday 26th July

Financial Times London’s West End reports post-Freedom Day jump in footfall

The Guardian Despite UK’s vaccine success, it will take time for consumer habits to return

Retail Gazette Footfall up 3.3% in week of Freedom Day; but pingdemic hampers confidence

The Guardian UK’s economy ‘not out of the woods’ after lockdown, Bank of England policymaker warns

Fashion Network UK footfall up in heatwave, but shoppers cautious as Covid cases grow

Retail Sector Footfall rises 3.3% but ‘pingdemic’ slows growth


Monday 19th July

Reuters UK shopper numbers up 0.9% last week on weather boost

The Daily Telegraph Global markets slide as Delta fears mount

Retail Gazette Retail footfall only edged up 0.9% last week

Daily Mail UK shopper numbers up 0.9% last week on weather boost

Reuters UK shopper numbers to jump a fifth after COVID rules lifted – Springboard

Evening Standard Retail and recruitment firms see growth ahead of ‘freedom day’, but normality a way off for some businesses

Retail Gazette Retail footfall to soar following Freedom Day

Retail Times Footfall across UK destinations rose by +0.9% last week, Springboard reports

Retail Week Data: Retail footfall set to soar as long-awaited ‘freedom day’ dawns

Daily Mail Bonanza on the high street as the number of shoppers is set to skyrocket this week with footfall set to rise by a fifth across town centres

Fashion Network UK footfall flat last week but expect ‘Freedom Week’ jump – Springboard

US News UK Shopper Numbers up 0.9% Last Week on Weather Boost


Monday 12th July

Mail Online Football fails to boost footfall: UK shopper numbers stay flat

The Telegraph FTSE recovers on freedom day confirmation

Drapers Football fails to boost footfall levels

Retail Gazette Footfall to continue to strengthen over summer

Retail Times Despite the Euros gripping the nation, the football failed to boost footfall last week, Springboard reports


Thursday 8th July

Retail Week Data: Footfall in June stagnates as ‘freedom day’ pushed to July

City A.M. High streets see the most shoppers since the beginning of the pandemic

Drapers Spring bank holiday boosts June footfall

Fashion United UK footfall strengthens in June, but stagnates on postponement of ‘Freedom Day’

Retail Sector Footfall jumps in first week of June but stalls amid restriction delay


Wednesday 7th July

Evening Standard FTSE 100 set for flat start as concerns rise over end to Covid lockdown restrictions


Tuesday 29th June

Drapers ‘Variable weather’ knocks footfall

Retail Gazette UK retail footfall remains flat


Monday 28th June

The Daily Telegraph 800,000 workers at risk of leaving central London in Covid exodus

The Guardian Travel shares hit by summer ‘washout’ fears from tighter restrictions – as it happened

The Daily Telegraph Travel stock slide as EU restrictions tighten for British tourists

London South East London close: Tourism plays lead slump amid travel restriction fears

Retail Times Footfall across all UK retail destinations remained virtually static last week, Springboard reports

Fashion Network UK footfall stays sluggish in Central London


Monday 21st June

The Daily Telegraph No full-time return for most London office staff, firms warn

City A.M. Heavy rain waters down consumer enthusiasm as footfall slows

The Guardian Morrisons shares surge 34% after takeover approach China crackdown hits bitcoin – as it happened

Drapers Freedom Day delay and rain dampen footfall

Retail Gazette Rainy weather drives Brits away from UK high streets

Fashion Network Bad weather and delay of full lockdown end hit UK footfall

Retail Times Footfall in UK retail destinations declined by -3.1% last week, Springboard reports

Retail Times Retail return of the high street: how digital concepts will enhance traditional retail


Saturday 19th June

The Economist Retail parks are well-placed to weather lockdowns


Tuesday 15th June

Checkout Did You Know…? 15 June 2021


Monday 14th June

Reuters UK shopper numbers dip 6.7% last week after strong previous week

City A.M. Footfall shrinks despite summer sun thanks to post – Bank Holiday blues

Retail Times Footfall in UK retail destinations records -6.7% week on week decline

Drapers UK footfall suffers ‘bank holiday blues’

Daily Mail UK shopper numbers dip 6.7% last week after strong previous week


Thursday 10th June

Sky News COVID-19: Road traffic and ‘social’ spending soars as number of furloughed workers hits new low, figures show


Tuesday 8th June

The Guardian UK retail sales in May saw highest rise since start of Covid crisis


Monday 7th June

City A.M. Warm weather and half-term tempts shoppers back to the high street

The Telegraph ‘The Drain’ runs again as the City returns to life

Drapers Warm weather lifts footfall


Thursday 3rd June

BBC News Indoor dining boost drowned out by record May rain

Sky News Reopening of indoor hospitality fails to boost footfall

The Times Rain pours cold water on the great reopening

Financial Times Reopening hospitality in England fails to boost retail footfall in May

The Telegraph Shoppers face higher grocery bills as more EU red tape looms

Springboard delivers up to the minute insights on Christmas trade for Bloomberg News


Springboard’s Marketing & Insights Director, Diane Wehrle appeared on Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe on Wednesday 22nd December with anchor, Dani Burger to discuss insights on retail footfall and the impact of the Omicron variant during the festive period.

Fast forward to 26 minutes in where you can view the full interview.