UK high streets quiet again, Brit shoppers become nighthawks

How did UK retail footfall fare in February? Hard to tell! The latest figures appear to show a clear cut trend but scratch the surface and you can see all sorts of movements developing with UK consumers turning into after-dark shoppers. So, let’s go for face value first: The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard said…

January footfall: Cheers all round for UK high streets?

OK, first question: Did UK shoppers hit the stores in January? Yes! That was the resounding answer from the latest footfall stats released today by the British Retail Consortium and Springboard. In fact, footfall rose 1.2% year-on-year. It may be a small number in universal terms but in terms of store footfall it was big……

UK footfall down again but which destinations rose?

If you thought I was done with all those Christmas shopping reports, think again. My readers don’t escape that easily. The reason? The latest report from Springboard about shopper footfall during December. You see it’s not only sales that count – actual shopping trips are key to the health of the retail sector and give…

Paris, Brussels, London: Shopper traffic down

France’s government may have been encouraging citizens to “go shopping” but it appears many of them aren’t listening, at least as far as physical stores in Paris are concerned. And the fear of shopping appears to have been exported with lower footfall in London too, while Brussels remains a ghost town.