Visitors to UK retail destinations rose 8.2% last week on the previous week, a bigger increase than any week since Easter 2022, according to Springboard.

Visitation increased across all three key destination types; by 10.7% in shopping centres, by 8.7% in high streets and by 4.2% in retail parks, during the half term holiday.

The week got off to a quiet start with -8.3% lower attendance on Sunday compared to the previous Sunday as users postponed travel for half the week. From Monday onwards, visits were significantly higher than the previous week, with increases of 7.1% and 8.3% on Monday and Tuesday, with the increase increasing further on Wednesday to 13.8%, peaking on Thursday from 20.9% and Friday from 16.7%.

Diane Wehrle, director of insights at Springboard, said: “Last week’s school term gave a welcome boost to UK retail destinations, with the biggest increase in footfall from the previous week since Easter week in April 2022.

“Customer activity increased across all three key destination types, but high streets and shopping centers outperformed retail parks, both of which benefited from double the increase in retail parks. Performance increased as the week progressed, with attendance peaking on Thursday and Friday. By Saturday, travel was down and visitor numbers fell marginally below the previous week.”

Footfall sees largest increase since Easter during half-term week

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