Footfall dipped in August, but retail sales remain strong

The latest British Retail Consortium/Springboard Footfall Monitor has revealed that footfall in August was 1.1 per cent down on a year ago and below the three-month average of a 0.8 per cent decline.

Out-of-town reported the only rise – 2.9 per cent higher than the same time in 2013.

Footfall in shopping centres was down 1.1 per cent on the previous year.

All regions and countries with the exception of the south east (1.2 per cent), East Midlands (0.5 per cent), Northern Ireland (4.2 per cent) and Scotland (1.8 per cent) reported declining footfall.

But despite less people visiting the shops, Helen Dickinson, director general of the British Retail Consortium, said retail sales performed well in August.

“Taking account of the impact of online shopping, we see that customers are spending more per trip than in recent months,” she explains.

“It seems customers are hitting the high streets with purpose – knowing what they want to buy ahead of time, supported by online research – and doing more shopping in a single trip.”

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