17 July 2017 - Janet Bird
June was a month of political upheaval, terrorist atrocities and unthinkable tragedy, but the ever resilient British public kept calm and carried on....shopping.
New figures from Ipsos Retail Performance have shown that, despite terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, the Grenfell Tower disaster and the uncertainty that followed the General Election, average weekly high street and shopping centre footfall was up 10.4 percent in June compared to the previous month.
Indeed, the rise was the biggest month on month increase for June since Ispos launched its Retail Traffic Index two decades ago.
The figures will come as a relief to UK retailers, who have been suffering from poor sales in recent months.
The greatest rise in footfall was experienced in the south east and London, where retailers saw shopper numbers increase by almost 15 percent compared to May.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England also reported rises.