Visitors in July fell by -0.8%, in line with last month’s decline of -0.9% and July's 2017 decline of -1.1%. The UK national center vacancy rate was 9.2% in July, unchanged from April 2018 and down from 9.6% in July 2017.
"Inevitably the hot weather in July impacted visits to retail destinations as the attraction of external environments and non-retail experiences lured consumers away from stores. But the fact that visitors in UK high streets rose marginally (by +0.3%) and only declined slightly in..."
Diane Wehrle, Marketing & Insights Director at Springboard
"The hot, dry weather in July turned consumers' attentions to eating, drinking and enjoying the outdoors. That provided a small lift for UK high streets as shoppers popped out to grab food, drink and fans to keep cool. However, the heat sapped shoppers' stamina for longer trips with both..."
Helen Dickinson OBE, British Retail Consortium Chief Executive