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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.

Thursday 16th March

Strikes hit retail footfall

Strikes cause 11.1% decrease in retail footfall, reports Springboard

Wednesday 15th March

Retail footfall plunges amid widespread strike action

Retail footfall plunges amid widespread strike action

Retail footfall plunges amid widespread strike action

Monday 13th March

Cold weather blasts high street footfall

Bad weather dents UK retail footfall in latest week

UK retailers at behest of unpredictable and extreme weather

Friday 10th March

Tax-free shopping: we take tourist spend for granted at our peril

Tuesday 7th March

Severe weather sees footfall drop 7%

Friday 3rd March

Back to the office, back to the shops

Thursday 2nd March

Weekend retail footfall is starting to match pre-Covid levels

Footfall up in Febraury

Retail footfall rises in February thanks to school half term and weekend spending

Retail footfall rises in February thanks to school half term and weekend spending

Tuesday 14th February

Boost for city centres as footfall bounces back after rail strikes

Footfall surges 9% amid city centre recovery

Weekly footfall increases for retail parks after train strikes wrap up

Monday 13th February

High street footfall bounces back after train strikes

City centre footfall bounces back after rail strikes

High streets and city centres continue to recover as footfall rises in key destinations

Thursday 2nd February

Weekday footfall recovers as workers return to office

Return to office boosts weekday footfall in Jan

New year footfall hit by strikes and economic uncertainty

Wednesday 1st February

Strikes take toll on economy as widespread disruption forces many to stay at home

Wednesday 25th January

Retail footfall recovers slowly as Brits continue to work from home

Springboard publishes annual UK retail review 2022

Saturday 21st January

After a tough Christmas, how can retail survive the cost-of-living crisis?

Thursday 19th January

Retail faces sharp downturn in 2023

Tuesday 17th January

Is this the high street’s last stand?

Analysis: After festive footfall miracle, is bricks-and-mortar having a renaissance?

Monday 16th January

Springboard: Marginal Rise in Footfall Last Week

Monday 9th January

Festive footfall in city centre slumped despite ‘many activities’ on offer

Sunday 8th January

Why WFH culture has made the impact of strikes even greater

Thursday 5th January

Christmas shoppers shrugged off rail strikes but business hurt by Royal Mail disruption, reports show

Christmas shoppers provide boost despite rail strikes and cost-of-living crisis

Christmas shoppers provide boost despite rail strikes and cost-of-living crisis

UK’s December shopper numbers defy inflation and rail strikes hit

Christmas shoppers provide boost despite rail strikes and cost-of-living

Christmas shoppers provide retail boost despite rail strikes 

Friday 30th December

Tuesday saw Brit bargain hunter surge in stores, but London was weaker

Thursday 29th December

More Brits hit the shops on extra bank holiday than Boxing Day

Wednesday 28th December

Post-Christmas shopping footfall beats Boxing Day

Shoppers spurn retail parks for the high street

Boxing Day sales drive retail footfall resurgence

Boxing Day footfall bounces back post-Covid but cost-of-living and train strikes bite

Boxing Day footfall climbs by 40%

Boxing Day footfall climbs by +38.8% higher than in 2021, Springboard reports

Tuesday 27th December

Boxing Day shoppers up by nearly 40% but still lower than before pandemic

Boxing Day sales in the sunshine lift retailers’ gloom

Boxing Day sales bounce back as footfall rises by more than 50 per cent on last year 

Boxing Day shopping footfall up by more than a third on last year

Monday 26th December

UK shoppers return to Boxing Day sales but spending expected to be down

Boxing Day morning shopper footfall up by half on last year, data suggests

UK retailers see 50% rise in Boxing Day shoppers over last year’s figures

Town high streets lead Boxing Day retail revival amid train strike chaos

Friday 24th December

Now Christmas Eve is the day sales start!

Boxing Day sales start early with desperate 80% discounts

Hospitality sales in City down by half on pre-pandemic during strikes and snow

Wednesday 21st December

Twitter poll result: Elon Musk told to quit as chief executive

Tuesday 20th December

UK footfall dented by rail strikes and snow

Rail strikes and freezing weather slash footfall on high streets before Christmas

UK retailers braced for subdued run-up to Christmas as footfall drops

‘Greater discounting drove Black Friday sales for retailers getting the balance right’

Monday 19th December

Lonely Retail: U.K. Suffers as a Result of Rail Strikes and Cold Weather

Rail strikes ‘key’ reason for slump in high street visits ahead of Christmas

UK shopper numbers dented by rail strikes and snow

Rail strikes and cold weather hit High Street footfall in run up to Christmas with shopper numbers down 10.2% in a week, retail figures show

Cold weather keeps Christmas shoppers at home

Saturday 17th December

Train strikes disrupting weekend before Christmas

Friday 16th December

Train strikes resume despite hopes of breakthrough

Thursday 15th December

High street shopper numbers plunge amid rail strikes and cold weather

2022: historic events in the year of the superlative

Snow and rail strikes drive UK retail footfall plunge

Wednesday 14th December

Rail strikes: showdown talks planned as country comes to a standstill

UK shoppers and workers kept home by rail strike and cold snap, data shows

Rail strikes decimate high street recovery as footfall plummets

Tuesday 13th December

Train strikes damage UK’s retailers more than Omicron

Train strikes cause Central London footfall to plummet

London’s footfall suffers amid public transport strikes

Monday 12th December

UK footfall weakens as weather cools, but Central London sees uplift

Wednesday 7th December

Retail warns of blow to footfall from Christmas train strikes

Tuesday 6th December

Christmas plans torn up and rescheduled in attempt to cope with rail strikes

Christmas rail strikes an ‘enormous blow’ to West End retailers

Footfall rises 5.4% amid ’cause for optimism’

Friday 2nd December

Strikes hit high street as shoppers stay away

Thursday 1st December

Retail footfall remains below pre-pandemic levels despite Black Friday boost

Pre-Christmas footfall ‘lull’ predicted post-Black Friday

UK footfall gap widens against 2019 in November, malls suffering

Tuesday 29th November

Analysis: What does shopper behaviour on Black Friday mean for Christmas?

Monday 28th November

Retailers boosted by Black Friday with footfall up +9.3% footfall on 2019

UK retailers boosted by Black Friday footfall

Sunday 27th November

Retailers hope busy shopping period will reduce stock filling up warehouses

Black Friday UK fears unfounded as shopping discounts continue to hit the mark

Friday 25th November

Black Friday: Cost of living crisis may hit sales rush

Black Friday ‘go gangbusters’ as shoppers splurge on deals

Black Friday retail footfall below pre-pandemic levels amid cost of living crisis – as it happens

Black Friday boosts footfall

Black Friday 2022: John Lewis, Boots and Currys post progress as sales rise on last year

Thursday 24th November

Royal Mail, teachers and lecturers go on strike in one of biggest walkouts

Black Friday: Brits to spend £8.7bn over the weekend as they shop early for Christmas

Wednesday 23rd November

Shoppers set to fork out more than last year on Black Friday buys

Tuesday 22nd November

Black Friday: Shoppers warned most offers are not cheaper

Currys Bets On Tech Revolution As It Takes On Amazon For Black Friday

Monday 21st November

Retail footfall expected to be up 12.8% on Black Friday as consumers move away from online shopping

Black Friday to boost footfall

Black Friday footfall in UK expected to be 12.8 percent higher this year

Shoppers ‘hold fire’ for Black Friday

Pre-Black Friday UK footfall lulls as shoppers “hold back” for more favourable discounts

Black Friday footfall forecast to rise 12.8% on last year – Springboard

UK footfall on Black Friday set to increase by 12.8% above 2021

Black Friday footfall forecast to jump

Shoppers to spend £8.7bn in Black Friday spending blitz to boost high street

Saturday 19th November

Why are people striking and what lies ahead?

Black Friday’s rise and fall: Fake deals and warehouse chaos leave consumers cynical and retailers broken

Monday 14th November

Nervous consumers cause footfall to rise by just +1.3% across UK retail destinations last week, Springboard reports

Footfall edges up

Thursday 10th November

UK gas prices doubled in a week, ONS says

UK gas prices doubled in a week, ONS says

UK gas prices doubled in a week, ONS says

Monday 7th November

UK footfall drops following school half term week boost

Thursday 3rd November

Next says Christmas won’t save it from slump in sales

Wednesday 2nd November

October saw shoppers return to the high street

Monday 31st October

UK retailers witness biggest footfall increase since April

Footfall increases in October

Footfall sees partial recovery in latest week

Monday 24th October

Shopper numbers fall amid cost of living squeeze

UK retailers hit by footfall decline amid cost of living squeeze

Footfall drops and consumer confidence plummets amid political turmoil

Political and economic uncertainty pushes retail footfall down by 2.3 per cent

Footfall drops in October as cost-of-living squeezes households

Footfall falls in October amid political uncertainty

Thursday 20th October

Sample sales and student nights drive shoppers to NI outlet, The Boulevard

Tuesday 11th October

Weekly footfall sees decline as rising energy costs take hold

Monday 10th October

UK retailers hit by drop in footfall as energy bills rise

Rising energy costs impact UK footfall

UK footfall drops as rising October energy costs hit households

Monday 10th October

As energy costs rise, footfall struggles in first week of October

Sunday 9th October

Penneys’ halo effect

Thursday 6th October

Shopper footfall recovery slows as households face ‘severe economic situation’

Recovery in shoppers numbers slow as inflation bites

Shopper footfall recovery slows as households face ‘severe economic situation”

Footfall growth slows in September

September UK footfall growth continues to slow as high streets bear the brunt

UK retail footfall growth slows as Brits face ‘severe economic situation’

Footfall drops for third straight month as cash-strapped customers stay home

Wednesday 5th October

High street spending slumps amid retail’s Covid recovery

Tuesday 3rd October

UK retail footfall growth slows to 6.8% in September

Footfall tracker Springboard acquired by MRI Software

Monday 3rd October

MRI Software acquires footfall provider Springboard

How can retail companies prepare for a more scrupulous festive season?

Monday 26th September

Shoppers worried by cost of living crisis will hit Christmas sales, retailers told

UK high street warned not to expect return of pre-Covid Christmas

Footfall set to plummet in run up to Christmas as shoppers fear winter energy bills

Cost-of-living to cause Christmas footfall to drop

Christmas not what it used to be says Springboard as footfall will be weak

Footfall set to plummet in lead up to Christmas

Thursday 1st September

Sun and strikes deter high street shoppers

Thursday 1st September

Footfall boosted by brighter weather in August

Wednesday 31st August

Warm August bank holiday weekend boosts UK footfall

August footfall robust but ‘shortlived’

Tuesday 30th August

UK bank holiday footfall buoyant on resilient consumer apppetite

Monday 14th August

City of London has lost 14% of its restaurants since 2020

Thursday 4th August

Footfall gains are wiped out as shoppers stay at home

Visits to shopping centres and high streets dip below pre-pandemic levels

July UK footfall shows “north-south divide emerging” amid the burden of inflation

Heatwave keeps shoppers at home in July

Footfall weakens across UK but regional cost-of-living divide emerges

Tuesday 2nd August

Women’s Euros final win boosts footfall post-match

Monday 1st August

UK footfall rises following rebound from extreme heatwave

Monday 18th July

Pubs shut and workers shun the office in blistering heatwave

Fans, hoses and air con – heatwave-hit Britons seek relief

Shops shuttered amid heatwave – London

Heatwave: Brits shun high street as businesses close to protect staff from scorching temperatures

Footfall at retail destinations impact by heatwave, Springboard reports

Sunday 17th July

Brits flock to seaside towns to beat the heat and airport chaos

Tuesday 12th July

Bloomberg UK: Amazon Kicks Off Two-Day Prime Day

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Thursday 7th July

Footfall set to remain below pre-pandemic 2019 levels for the foreseeable future

June footfall rises with Platinum Jubilee but will remain low

Footfall set to remain below 2019 for foreseeable future despite Jubilee bank holiday boost

Footfall hammered by cost-of-living concerns despite platinum jubilee boost

London shops hit by falling footfall as Brits tighten belts amid inflation

Footfall set to remain below 2019 for forseeable future

UK June footfall robust on Jubilee celebrations, but outlook to weaken

UK retail footfall below 2019 levels despite Jubilee and Bank Holiday

Monday 4th July

Death of the Great British High Street: How empty stores, violence on the streets and soaring parking costs have turned once thriving town shopping areas into a shadow of their former selves

Let’s Do London! New tourism campaign encourages UK tourists to capital 

Thursday 30th June

Sandwich shops bite back after challenging years

Tuesday 28th June

Rail strikes impact retail footfall

Wednesday 22nd June

Train strikes: How did passengers cope with day one?

Rail strikes: Trips to city centres at COVID lockdown levels as walkouts bring ‘major disruption to retail’

Footfall in central London down 27% on last week on first day of rail strikes

Rail strike chaos will spread into Wednesday

First day of UK rail strikes impacts high street footfall, central London hit hardest

Tuesday 21st June

‘The world has changed’: rail strike’s uneven impact on Britain’s workers

‘Will they get extra marks for the anxiety?’: Rail strikes leave workers and students stranded

Furious commuter caught up in rail strike chaos confronts London bus driver

Rail strikes expected to spill into Wednesday

City centre footfall battered by rail and tube strike chaos

Rail strike hits high street footfall

Monday 20th June

Footfall boosted by ‘very hot weather’

Footfall rises 4% as heatwave sweeps across UK

Heatwave draws out consumers, as UK footfall climbs 4.1%, Springboard reports

Thursday 16th June

Crown Estate warns of empty shops on Regent Street as workers stay home

Tuesday 14th June

WFH shift may ‘permanently scar’ high streets, experts warn

High streets “permanently scarred” by working from home revolution

Monday 13th June

Working from home revolution leaves ‘permanently scarred’ high streets

Physical retail is “permanently scarred” by work-from-home revolution says Springboard

Home-working shift threatens ‘permanent scarring’ for city centre trading

Thursday 9th June

Data: New ranking reveals top 30 UK retailers by store growth

Tuesday 7th June

Platinum Jubilee boosts UK footfall by 17.7%

A jubilant Jubilee Thursday for UK retail destinations with +17.7% rise in footfall, following indications in May of slowing footfall ahead, Springboard reports

High streets the big winners in early Jubilee Weekend success

Jubilee boosts UK footfall by 17.7 percent

Platinum Jubilee footfall spikes across the UK

May footfall boosted by bank holiday weekends, but cost pressures starting to show

Tuesday 31st May

UK long weekend footfall to soar, West End to see £80 million spend

UK footfall forecast to rise by 8% over Jubilee weekend

Monday 30th May

UK retail set for 8 percent rise in footfall over Jubilee Weekend

Tuesday 17th May

Post-Covid UK Footfall recovery worsens | News

UK footfall slips back in latest week

Monday 16th May

Greggs says city-centre sales unlikely to ever return to pre-Covid levels

Fashion’s need for an omnichannel approach

Friday 6th May

Footfall drops again in April | News

Thursday 5th May

Data: Footfall drops in April as retail sweats on sustained cost-of-living

Wednesday 4th May

UK retail enjoys strong bank holiday weekend

Tuesday 3rd May

Footfall declines after Easter

Retail footfall boosted over the May bank holiday weekend

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