Footfall down 75% as England’s lockdown takes toll on retailers

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Sumary of Footfall down 75% as England’s lockdown takes toll on retailers:

  • Footfall has plummeted since the imposition of the new lockdown in England and is down by 75% on a year ago, according to figures highlighting the dramatic impact of the tough new restrictions on retailers..
  • Data compiled by the British Retail Consortium and ShopperTrak, and seen by the Guardian, underlined how a burst of consumer activity before the lockdown came to an abrupt halt when non-essential retailers were forced to close their doors..
  • Anger on the British high street as festive cheer turns to fear for small shops Footfall was down by more than 70% year on year in each of the four days since the restrictions were imposed, culminating in an annual drop of 78% on Sunday..
  • The picture for retailers was only slightly brighter than during the spring lockdown, when footfall was down by 82%..
  • Retailers who have been forced to close will be counting the cost of each passing day, which is why it is vital they are able to reopen from 2 December..
  • Furthermore, the government must provide necessary support to affected businesses throughout the coming months.”.
  • Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Retail parks, which contain a higher proportion of supermarkets and also tend to benefit from click and collect, fared better but still recorded a footfall drop of more than 50% on Sunday…

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