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Figures from BRC show retail footfall down 0.7% in June

According to the latest BRC/Springboard Footfall Monitor, footfall in June was 0.7% down on a year ago, down on the 0.2% fall in May and below the three-month average of a 0.3% decline.
Footfall on the high street was 1.7% down on the previous year for June, down on May's fall of 0.9%.
Out-of-Town reported the only rise, 2.4% higher than a year ago, while footfall in shopping centers was down 1.2% on the previous year.
All regions and countries with the exception of Greater London (-2.7%) West Midlands (-5.2%), East Midlands (-1.2%) and Wales (-1.4%) reported footfall below the UK average (-0.7%).
Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: "At first glance, this month's figures don't paint a rosy picture for the retail industry with the headline figure showing footfall shrinking once again. However, out-of-town shopping destinations continue to outperform high streets and shopping centres, reinforcing the fact that shopping is something we increasingly do as a leisure activity and that well managed ‘destinations', whether in or out of town, still have the power to pull in the shopping public."
"However, strong footfall doesn't always equate to good sales and vice versa. Retailers have seen good sales growth in their online clothing and footwear offer and many are reporting positive results led by their online summer sales. The popularity of click-and-collect has helped support footfall in retail parks offering further evidence of the changing shape of how we shop and the increasing complexity of the relationship between digital and physical."
"We need to look at what barriers there are to retailers operating in each or across multiple channels (be that business rates for those with physical stores or digital infrastructure for those with an online offer) and do all that we can to ensure that they are removed so that the retail industry can continue to deliver to our increasingly discerning customers, create jobs and drive growth in the wider economy."

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