5 January 2016 - Janet Bird
High street hopes of a post-Christmas sales shopping bonanza failed to materialise, with consumers instead opting to visit shopping centres and retail parks.
Research showed high street footfall during the week commencing December 28 was down three percent compared to the previous year, while the number of shoppers visiting out of town retail parks during the same period was up 3.6 percent on the 2014 figures. Shopping centres also enjoyed a rise of 1.8 percent in footfall compared to the previous 12 months.
Retail analyst Springboard, which carried out the research, said the wet weather was partly to blame for the drop in high street shopping numbers.
But while the overall high street footfall figures for the week were down, there were spikes in shopper numbers during the period. Tuesday - dubbed 'Take Back Tuesday' - saw a 5.1 percent year on year increase in high street shopper numbers as people returned unwanted gifts, while footfall figures on Saturday were up 9.7 percent compared to the same period in 2014.