Retailers point to poor footfall despite strength of sales figures

RETAILERS recorded a decline in footfall this September, despite official statistics showing the strongest rise in sales for five years during the same month.

According to figures released today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard, footfall was 2.4 per cent lower last month than in September last year, with every region of the UK suffering from the decline.

High streets and shopping centres have been hit particularly hard over the year, with declines of 2.7 and 2.9 per cent respectively. Greater London has been less affected than other parts of the country, but footfall is still down by 1.7 per cent in the same period.

Helen Dickson of the BRC commented: “We’re comparing against a very strong September in 2012, when the post-Olympic period coupled with a cold snap unleashed pent-up demand for shopping trips to stock up on warmer clothing and back-to-school items.”