Midsummer’s Day occurred on Saturday this year, and pedestrian counts declined by -3.7% from the same Saturday last year (21st June 2018). In part, the drop in ped counts was a consequence of a strong comparable on Saturday last year, with an annual rise in footfall of +7.4%. So over the two-year period from 2017 footfall on Saturday over Midsummer has risen by +3.7%.
On the Friday before Midsummer’s Day, the trend in pedestrian counts has been more consistent, rising annually in the past two years. In 2018 the number of visitors on Friday rose by +13.3% which was then followed by a rise of +3.7% on Friday this year, so a total rise of +17.0% on Friday over the two-year period.
Midsummer’s Day is clearly a time when many consumers take the opportunity to participate in events and activities outside of retail destinations as ped counts dropped on both Friday and Saturday this year from the same days of the previous week – by nearly 60.0% on Friday and 40.0% on Saturday.
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