Retail Week has reported that The Experian Retail Footfall Index called the figures “depressing”, and added the poor performance “cannot be entirely attributed to the weather although the sunshine encourages the staycation consumer makes the most of the opportunity”.
Sunday August 23rd was the least popular shopping day due to the combination of The Ashes cricket tournament and high temperatures.
The Index shows that for this day footfall slumped 11.7 per cent year-on-year, as people continued to favour outdoor leisure activities over shopping.
The South West and Wales suffered the biggest decline in August, with footfall dropping 8.2 per cent. The South East performed best with footfall falling by just 0.7 per cent.
The recent drop in house prices has encouraged visits to retail parks, according to the Retail Park Index. It showed a rise in footfall of 1.3 per cent in August