Visitors in March fell by -6.0%, a sharp decrease compared to the March 2017 increase of +1.3%. On a three-month basis, visitors fell by -3.0%, the largest drop since March 2013 when it fell by -3.2%.
"The severe weather put paid to any glimmer of hope for an uplift in shopper activity in March. Hitting the week following the pay day weekend was the worst timing possible as it meant that shoppers who had available..."
Diane Wehrle, Marketing & Insights Director at Springboard
"Whilst the prolonged period of bad weather has had an impact on shoppers visiting the UK high street, we are seeing a longer term trend of reduced visitors which highlights that shoppers face more choice in terms of how, where and..." Helen Dickinson OBE, British Retail Consortium Chief Executive