Jubilant improvement to UK footfall

There was an upsurge in the number of shoppers hitting high streets and retail centres over the Jubilee Bank Holiday, according the British Retail Consortium’s BRC-Sensormatic IQ data, as consumers took advantage of the long weekend and reasonable weather to get out and about. 

  • Total UK footfall increased by 6.9% over the Jubilee weekend, compared with the average for May 2022.
  • Total UK footfall for the whole week increased by 17.1%, compared to the average for May 2022
  • Thursday was the best performing day, with a 45.6% improvement in footfall, followed by Wednesday at 44.4%, compared with the average for May 2022.
  • High Streets saw the strongest performance at 3.1% growth, compared with the average for May 2022.
  • London saw footfall improve by 4.4% over the Jubilee weekend, compared with the average for May 2022.
  • London footfall for the whole week increased by 9.3%, compared to the average for May 2022

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief-Executive of the British Retail Consortium, says: “The public took to the streets for the Jubilee celebrations, with retail footfall enjoying significant improvements over the early parts of the long weekend. More people hit the shops, with many on the hunt for Jubilee decorations, garden accessories and new outfits. Thursday saw the best footfall as the public readied for a weekend of celebrations, from street parties to festivals. It was great to see so many people out celebrating and shopping at their favourite local destinations – a welcome boost for retail businesses reliant on store performance, particularly on the high street. We hope that the momentum can continue despite the ongoing economic turbulence.”

Andy Sumpter, Retail Consultant EMEA for Sensormatic Solutions, commented: “Retailers experienced a ‘Jubilee Jump’ in footfall, as the celebrations prompted shopper traffic on the High Steet to rise. Whether it was people stocking up on supplies for the bank holiday weekend, attending street parties or using the extra public holidays to socialise with friends and family, retail benefited from welcome ambient footfall from the celebrations.”

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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