UK markets close in 19 minutes
  • FTSE 100

    7,081.64
    +19.35 (+0.27%)
     
  • FTSE 250

    22,634.49
    +177.41 (+0.79%)
     
  • AIM

    1,220.52
    -0.49 (-0.04%)
     
  • GBP/EUR

    1.1698
    +0.0010 (+0.08%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.3928
    -0.0005 (-0.03%)
     
  • BTC-GBP

    22,083.69
    -1,737.15 (-7.29%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    734.05
    -60.28 (-7.59%)
     
  • S&P 500

    4,239.67
    +14.88 (+0.35%)
     
  • DOW

    33,950.69
    +73.72 (+0.22%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    73.43
    -0.23 (-0.31%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,780.70
    -2.20 (-0.12%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,884.13
    +873.20 (+3.12%)
     
  • HANG SENG

    28,309.76
    -179.24 (-0.63%)
     
  • DAX

    15,626.13
    +22.89 (+0.15%)
     
  • CAC 40

    6,606.27
    +3.73 (+0.06%)
     

Damp conditions take edge off reopenings as footfall dips

·2-min read

Footfall across UK high streets and shopping destinations has sagged despite the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

Early figures from research specialists Springboard have shown that high street footfall fell by 1.6% by 5pm on Monday, against the same period a week ago, as poor weather kept many people at home.

Hospitality venues have reopened indoor areas for the first time in almost five months, while cinemas, museums and other leisure venues have also welcomed customers in again.

The latest figures showed that total footfall across all retail hotspots, including retail parks and shopping centres, was down 3%.

However, footfall in central London jumped by 1.3%, while “historic UK towns” saw a 3.4% improvement, Springboard said.

The New West End Company said that footfall for London’s West End, as of 3pm on Monday, was up 3% week on week.

The group added that it anticipates this will increase further towards the latter  half of the week and predicts a particularly strong weekend.

Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, said: “We’re further encouraged by increasing consumer confidence, and pent-up demand from office workers desperate to get back to their workplaces – changes that we feel confident will boost footfall and spending potential for those businesses.”

Pub bosses have hailed the reopening of indoor areas, stressing the importance amid a period of inclement weather for large parts of the country.

Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame pub group, said it was “big step forward”.

The chief of the company, which runs more than 300 pubs in London and the South East, said he was particularly optimistic about the future of the capital.

“It has been a really tough year but this feels like a really positive step for the City and workers here,” he said.

“It isn’t over. June 21 will still be key but hopefully people coming in, sitting down for a meal, for a drink, will be another little positive.”

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting