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News coverage of COVID-19

6 August 2020


We know that information is key when dealing with uncertain times, such as the one we’re currently facing with COVID-19. Springboard’s data has been used within the media to help provide some much-needed context. Below are some of the articles that Springboard has contributed to. These articles will be updated as/when they’re available.

If you would like to talk to us about our data or for any press enquiries please email us at media@spring-board.info


6th August

The Telegraph Surge in services raises hopes of a 'V-shaped recovery'

The Telegraph Sunak's discount dining scheme boosts restaurants

The Guardian Shoppers steer clear of high streets despite lockdown lifting

Retail Gazette Footfall drops almost 40% despite hospitality reopenings

The Grocer Retailers and brands need to understand the new, digitally informed shopper

Mail Online High Street is hammered: WH Smith cuts 1,500 jobs as commuters and shoppers stay at home

Fashion United July footfall marks a “nervous return” to the high street

Retail Sector July footfall bolstered by hospitality reopening


3rd August

The Guardian UK high streets get boost as 'eat out to help out' scheme begins

Retail Gazette Sluggish footfall in first full week of mandatory face coverings

Retail Times Modest uplift in footfall as face coverings become mandatory at retail destinations, Springboard reports


30th July

The Telegraph Do you have FOGO (that's Fear Of Going Out)?

The Telegraph Shoppers keep shunning high street as virus fears linger

The Independent John Lewis considering turning empty department stores into affordable housing


27th July

The Retail Bulletin UK retail footfall continues to improve

Retail Gazette Chancellor mulls online sales tax to rescue bricks-and-mortar

Metro Drop in shoppers on first day face coverings rule was introduced

Reuters Pandemic turns Europe's retail sector on its head as shoppers stay close to home

Retail Times UK footfall continues to improve despite mandatory face coverings in retail, Springboard reports

Fashion United UK footfall continues to improve, despite mandatory face coverings

Mail Online Pandemic turns Europe's retail sector on its head as shoppers stay close to home


26th July

Retail Gazette Slight dip in footfall as face coverings become mandatory

The Guardian ‘It’s a ghost town’: tourism crisis hits British cities from Edinburgh to Bath


25th July

Mail Online Slight dip in shoppers as face coverings become mandatory in England


21st July

Metro How are high street businesses are coping having reopened post-lockdown…


20th July

The Telegraph Hermes to recruit thousands as Marks & Spencer slashes 950 jobs

Sky News Coronavirus: M&S to cut 950 jobs in shake-up of retail management

The New York Times Growth in UK Shopper Numbers Stalls After Lockdown Easing Rush

Mail Online Growth in UK shopper numbers stalls after lockdown easing rush

Retail Week Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Square: Where are retail’s new property hotspots?

Metro US Growth in UK shopper numbers stalls after lockdown easing rush

City A.M. Retail footfall growth slows after Super Saturday rush

Retail Times Footfall unable to sustain double digit growth that followed reopening rush, Springboard reports

Fashion United UK footfall unable to sustain double digit growth

Reuters Growth in UK shopper numbers stalls after lockdown easing rush


16th July

Retail Gazette London’s West End at risk of losing £5bn in sales & 50,000 jobs

The Telegraph Why abandoning your local high street could damage your house price

Mail Online Boris Johnson to relax train and bus restrictions

Mail Online Visitor numbers in London's West End down 73% on year since lockdown eased


15th July

Financial Times UK high streets set to swap shops for retirement homes

ExecReview ‘Not much difference’: few takers on first day of hospitality VAT cut

Evening Telegraph London’s West End could lose £5bn in sales and 50,000 jobs, partnership warns


14th July

BBC News Retailers report sales jump in June, says trade body

Financial Times UK economic recovery tracker: what the latest data on activity are signalling

The Guardian Coronavirus: mask-wearing in English shops 'will be difficult to enforce'

The Guardian Face masks 'will deter young shoppers' says JD Sports chairman


13th July

The Times High street revival fizzles out as long queues deter shoppers

The Guardian Shoppers shun high streets in England and Northern Ireland, data shows

Retail Gazette Footfall still low in June despite retail lockdown exit

Drapers Footfall in June a ‘turning point’

Mail Online Retail footfall still lower in June despite reopening `turning point´

Retail Sector Footfall suffers despite June reopening

City A.M. High street footfall suffers even as retail starts to reopen

Evening Standard Retail footfall at record lows despite lockdown easing

Marketing Week Retail demand falls despite rise in post-lockdown footfall


10th July

Financial Times (print) Pub crawl Restaurants and bars in need of cheer

The Times  Anchors away: Big retailers quit centre ground


9th July

Better Retailing Indies benefit as UK pubs and restaurants reopen


7th July

The Times Pubs re-opening doesn’t live up to super billing

The Daily Telegraph (print) Footfall on high street surges by up to half

The Retail Bulletin High street footfall boosted by hospitality reopenings

Internet Retailing Online shopping expected to remain at ‘Christmas +’ levels as high street visitor numbers stay low despite lockdown easing

Talking Retail UK footfall recovery remains sluggish


6th July

The Guardian Chancellor under pressure to boost financial support as job crisis looms

The Guardian High street spending doubles on Saturday after easing of English lockdown

The Times Coronavirus: Lockdown warning as drinkers flout rules on sardine Saturday

The Telegraph Revealed: the high-risk Covid-19 cities where going out is on the rise

The Telegraph Britons rush to high streets as restaurants and bars reopen

Financial Times Activist fund Elliott weighs stake in Café Rouge owner

Financial Times Sunak to unveil £3bn green package as part of coronavirus stimulus

Drapers ‘Super Saturday’ boosts high street footfall

Retail Gazette “Super Saturday” posts footfall rise as restaurants and pubs reopen

Mail Online High Street footfall ''down by more than half on Super Saturday"

Retail Times Brits head back to high street as hospitality and leisure reopens, Springboard reports

The Caterer Operators celebrate 'a cracking two days' as police praise measures put in place

City A.M. High street footfall soars on Super Saturday after lockdown lift


5th July

BBC News Coronavirus lockdown: People rush to town centres as pubs reopen

The Guardian Evening footfall on England's high streets soars as pubs reopen

BBC Web Will the High Streets get shoppers back?

Retail Week High street footfall surges across England as restaurants and pubs reopen


1st July

Mail Online Top high street stores offering the most discounts - with some slashing prices across entire range


30th June

Internet Retailing How retailers are discounting online as stores reopen

Talking Retail Footfall rises in second week since retail reopening


29th June

Retail Week Data: Week two of store trading post-lockdown – the data you need to know

The Best of Shrewsbury Footfall steadily rises in Shrewsbury as shops reopen


24th June

The Guardian English shoppers return – but economy faces long road to recovery

The Guardian UK jobless figures climbing but most dangerous moment may have passed

Retail Sector UK footfall jumps 45% during first week of retail trading


23rd June

Metro High street gets a spring in its step with 51% boost

Mail Online Boris is set to announce green light for meeting up indoors and end of 2-metre rule to allow pubs, cinemas, museums and staycations to return

Fashion United UK footfall up 45 percent as stores reopen, but London suffers


22nd June

BBC News Coronavirus: Go Outdoors set to call in administrators

Daily Telegraph Go Outdoors lines up administrators with 2,300 jobs at risk

Daily Telegraph Markets slide on second wave fears

The Guardian Shopper numbers surged 45% in week English shops reopened

Sky News Coronavirus: Manufacturers suffer record quarterly decline - CBI

Metro Shoppers in English high streets up 51% as non-essential stores reopen

Mail Online Number of shoppers hitting England's High Streets surges by 51% as non essential retailers including clothes shops and department stores reopen after lockdown

Drapers UK footfall up 45% as retail reopens

Retail Gazette Soft rebound in footfall in week 1 of post-lockdown

City A.M Footfall still 54 per cent down on 2019 levels after shops reopen for business

Retail Times First week of non-essential retail reopening in England delivers most fundamental change in footfall, Springboard reports


20th June

This is Money Shoppers' half-hearted return to the high street: Footfall remains low as stores reopen

iNews Coronavirus has ‘finished’ high street and urgent Government measures needed for survival, says retail boss

Mail Online Shoppers' half-hearted return to the high street: Footfall remains low as stores reopen


19th June

ITV News Coronavirus: new shopping figures give hope

Forbes Crisis Translates As A Dangerous Opportunity - But Who Is Brave Enough To Take It?


18th June

Financial Times English shoppers’ return points to a gradual retail recovery

Business of Fashion UK High Streets Half Empty Despite Shops Reopening

Reuters England's high streets half empty despite shops re-opening


17th June

Express Coronavirus: Economists warn of more job losses as 600,000 roles go during lockdown

Somerset Live Footfall statistics show whether Bath really was ‘rammed’ as shops reopened with queues

Fashion Network Steady but not spectacular traffic as stores reopen say analysts


16th June

The Evening Standard Pressure grows to ease lockdown measures further as release of fresh unemployment figures looms

Express Shoppers rush back to the high street as shops reopen after three months of lockdown

The Retail Bulletin Retail footfall up 41.7% by 12pm yesterday

Reuters Primark the star attraction as England's stores reopen after lockdown

Mail Online Post-lockdown shopping boom fizzles out as bargain hunters say shops are 'really quiet' and footfall is DOWN 55 per cent from this time last year

Retail Sector Footfall up 41% yesterday morning as shoppers returned to high streets

The Evening Standard Footfall on England's high streets rise by 50% as shops reopen for first time since lockdown

Retail Gazette Footfall jumps nearly 40% on reopening day as queues dominate high streets

Toy World First day of post-lockdown shopping in England


15th June

Financial Times Queues form, as shoppers return to England’s battered high streets

Daily Telegraph Shoppers stay cautious as stores start to reopen

The Guardian Queues on high streets as non-essential shops reopen in England

Sky News Coronavirus: The reopening of shops felt like the beginning of the end for the 2m rule

ITV News Shoppers queue up as England’s high streets and retail parks welcome them back

The Times High streets 50% busier as shoppers queue to hunt bargains

BBC News Shoppers rush to the High Street as England stores reopen

Mail Online Queuing for Britain: Thousands wait for TWO HOURS in mile-long lines outside Sports Direct, Primark and John Lewis as shops see 51% surge in customers - with towels and egg cups most highly-prized purchases


9th June

Mail Online Is Coronaphobia keeping Britons at home... or just the colder weather? Data suggests DROP in people driving and shopping in last week despite easing of UK lockdown measures


8th June

Drapers Footfall remains low during lockdown

Retail Gazette Retail footfall improves in May thanks to warm weather

The Telegraph Landlords and retailers braced for disaster as £2.5bn rent bill looms

Retail Week Retail footfall starts to rise in May as more essential stores reopen


2nd June

Marketing Week Heineken, Primark, shopper numbers: Everything that matters this morning

Mail Online Not just any guidelines: M&S reveals post-lockdown stores and new rules for staff and customers ahead of reopening in two weeks – as data shows 31% rise in shoppers after yesterday's lockdown easing


1st June

The Guardian Shopper numbers jump 31% as lockdown in England relaxed

Mail Online Things that may never be quite the same again after lockdown


27th May

Retail Sector Bank Holiday footfall surges 50% as lockdown eased

Fashion United Bank Holiday footfall up 49 percent


26th May

The Times Tale of two holidays after sun brings out shoppers

The Telegraph High street retailers brace for June shopping surge

The Guardian Reopening the UK high street will not guarantee a rebound

The Guardian Reopened retailers will face fight for survival, executive warns

Financial Times Reopening of shops in England will not end our woes, warn retailers

Retail Gazette Footfall spikes by a third over bank holiday weekend

Drapers Bank holiday footfall jumps 49%

Retail Destination Shoppers out in force over bank holiday weekend as restrictions ease

City AM Retail footfall soars over bank holiday weekend

Fashion Network Retail footfall surges over holiday weekend, suggests pent-up demand

Retail Times High streets reported 49% increase in footfall on bank holiday Monday compared to Easter Monday, data shows

Internet Retailing Non-essential retailers get the green light to reopen shops within three weeks – subject to Covid safety


18th May

Retail Gazette “Cautious” Brits step out as footfall rises 3.3%

The Retail Bulletin Retail footfall sees modest rise last week

Retail Destination Footfall up as lockdown eases

City A.M. Shoppers begin 'cautious' return to stores as lockdown measures eased

Retail Sector Shoppers remain cautious amid lockdown easing, says Springboard

Fashion United UK still cautious as lockdown restrictions are eased


15th May

Fashion United As stay at home message is dropped, footfall increases in towns

ShareCast Retail activity dips after easing but rises in destination towns


11th May

BBC News High Streets see 'fastest ever' footfall drop

ITV News Retail footfall suffers greatest ever decline as shoppers stay at home

The Times Shopping trips down 80 per cent

Sky News Retail footfall suffers biggest ever drop with shoppers in lockdown

The Telegraph Coronavirus lockdown turns high streets and shopping centres into ghost towns

Mail Online Retail footfall suffers greatest ever decline as shoppers stay at home

Mail Online Number of visits Britons made to shops plunged by massive 80% last month as country followed strict lockdown rules

Business Live Biggest ever decline in shoppers as people stay home, survey shows

Retail Sector Retail footfall plummets 80%

Evening Standard Shops see 80% decline in customers as coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc for businesses

Belfast Telegraph Retail footfall suffers greatest ever decline as shoppers stay at home

Evening Express Retail footfall suffers greatest ever decline as shoppers stay at home


25th April

The Guardian Will shoppers return to the UK high street after lockdown?

About Manchester New strategy created to help the High Street recover from the pandemic


23rd April

Sky News Coronavirus: Cases, crimes and cars - how has the UK changed after a month in lockdown?


21st April

Sky News Coronavirus: This is how much traffic congestion has dropped in your city during lockdown


17th April

Drapers Retail parks to reap benefits of post-Covid-19 footfall


16th April

Retail Gazette Coronavirus: Retail sales suffer “worst decline on record”

Retail & Leisure International UK retail footfall plummets over Easter


15th April

The Daily Telegraph (print) Warehouse and Oasis left on the brink

Belfast Telegraph Coronavirus lockdown sees Easter shopper numbers plummet across Northern Ireland

City AM UK retail footfall dives to lowest level on record after coronavirus lockdown

The Sun (print) High St Shopping

The Irish News Shoppers heed warnings and stay away from shops and retail parks

The Industry. Fashion Easter weekend retail footfall drops by 83%

Fashion Network Retail parks fare best at Easter despite lockdown-linked footfall plunge

Retail Gazette UK footfall drops to lowest level on record

Retail Week UK retail footfall plummets to all-time low due to coronavirus lockdown

Fahion United Easter weekend retail footfall drops by 83 percent

Greetings Today Easter footfall

Housewares Live Retail parks set to thrive through lock down

Insight DIY Springboard: Easter Retail Footfall Down By 83.1%

Internet Retailing “Unforgettable Easter weekend for retail” sees footfall down 83% on last year

Retail Bulletin UK retail footfall plummets over Easter due to coronavirus lockdown

Retail Times UK footfall down 83% at Easter, Springboard reveals

Talking Retail Consumers stick to coronavirus rules over Easter


9th April

Financial Times (print) Slump Economists predict huge hit from pandemic crisis

Drapers Easter in lockdown: What's in store for retailers?


8th April

The I (print) Shoppers defy the lockdown over warm weekend

The Daily Telegraph (print) Retailers poised for 'unrecognisable' Easter

The Times (print) Shoppers venture back warm weather

City AM (print) UK coronavirus lockdown: London retail footfall surges on sunny Sunday

Jazz FM Business Breakfast

Daily Express Shocking figures show rise in people shopping last weekend despite coronavirus advice

Insight DIY Retail Footfall Drops More Than 80% In The Last Week

Greetings Today Alarming Footfall Uplift

Retail & Leisure International Retail footfall plummets in wake of pandemic

The Retail Bulletin New figures: retail footfall

Marketing Week Easter in lockdown: What will it look like for retailers?


7th April

Sky News Coronavirus: 'Alarming' rise in people shopping despite virus lockdown

City AM London shopper numbers jumped 50 per cent last weekend despite UK coronavirus lockdown

Internet Retailing How the shape of retail continues to change under pressure from Covid-19

Internet Retailing How Easter 2020 is likely to be different for retailers

Metro Business briefing: Sun boost for High St despite closed shops

Share Cast Shoppers defied Covid-19 lockdown during warm weekend

Fashion Network UK footfall uptick last weekend is worrying trend says Springboard

The Telegraph Retail footfall plunges by 80pc

The Mail Weekend footfall jumps as sunshine brings people out

Retail Gazette Retail footfall dives 81% in 2nd week of lockdown

Retail Sector Footfall nosedives by 81%


6th April

Sky News Coronavirus: Five things that will never be the same again because of COVID-19


4th April

Mail Online Life on the inside: 10 things that may never be the same again


2nd April

Financial Times Landlords and tenants feel the pain as coronavirus hits rents


1st April

Fashion United UK retail footfall down 81.1 percent


30th March

The Guardian Lockdown to spell disaster for thousands of pubs, restaurants and shops


29th March

The Guardian High street's survival under threat as lockdown hits stores

The Observer (print) Fears grow that the high street may not survive as shoppers stay at home


26th March

Fashion United UK footfall down 75.4 percent, according to new daily benchmarking


25th March

Across Decline in retail footfall three times greater than the worst recorded, according to Springboard

Retail Systems Footfall hits record lows due to Coronavirus


24th March

Retail Gazette Mulberry "remains confident" despite Covid-19 impact

Retail Gazette UK supermarkets experienced 15m more visits in the past week

Fashion United High street suffers worst recorded footfall slump

Retail Sector Drop in footfall three times higher than worst recorded, says Springboard

Greetings Today Magazine Decline in footfall three times greater than the worst recorded 

The Guardian (print) Major chains close before expected shut down

The Daily Telegraph (print) Nightmare on high street as slump on course to hit £13bn

Financial Times (print) Real-time data show virus hit to global economic activity


23rd March

The Times High street brings down the shutters

Retail Week Coronavirus: Retail footfall declines worst on record as ‘true effect’ of virus emerges

Guardian UK government considers forcing non-essential shops to close

Retail Times Decline in retail footfall three times greater than worst record, Springboard reports

Retail Gazette Footfall plummets up to 63% in wake of Covid-19 crisis

Express Coronavirus closures: Which shops have closed due to coronavirus pandemic?

The I Coronavirus: Smartphone industry suffers biggest-ever drop amid production woes

City AM London retail footfall plunges as shops close amid coronavirus pandemic

Reuters Shoppers desert UK high streets in coronavirus crisis, footfall down 41%

London South East London close: Stocks head further south as Covid updates fly in

Fashion Capital Springboard Reveal The Worst Ever Footfall Records Ever Recorded

Mail Online UK supermarket trips jump by 15 million in a week-Kantar


22nd March

Financial Times Real-time data show virus hit to global economic activity


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