Visitor numbers in August fell by -1.6%, a drop upon last month’s decline of -0.8% but an improvement upon August 2017 decline of -1.2%.
"The drop in visitors of -1.6% in August is the worst result since April. Given the sweltering temperatures during what has been the hottest summer on record, it is not surprising that visits to shopping destinations declined further as consumers made the most of the weather elsewhere. This mainly occurred in the latter half of the month when footfall declined by -2% compared with just -0.9% in the first two weeks of August. Whilst it was a bit cooler..."
Diane Wehrle, Marketing & Insights Director at Springboard
"British high streets experienced a quiet August this year as the continued squeeze on wages kept consumers away from the shops. With fewer shoppers visiting the high street and a difficult overall trading environment the pressure is increasing on retailers as rising public policy costs continue to bite. The Government must take action now and commit to..."
Helen Dickinson OBE, British Retail Consortium Chief Executive