Food sales help buoy Northern Ireland footfall over Easter
Northern Ireland's high streets have had mixed fortunes during the Easter weekend, new figures have shown.
While there was an overall decrease of 0.2% in footfall between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, according to Springboard, there was an increase of 6.6% for 'leisure activity' after 5pm.
Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle said: "The trend for leisure activity post-5pm is in line with the wider UK results.
"Overall footfall performance of -0.2% for Good Friday to Easter Sunday across Northern Ireland high streets is a very marginal year on year decline and may well improve considering the strength of post-5pm activity."
Across the UK as a whole, Good Friday itself saw numbers fall by 5.9%, based on the same period a year earlier. But Springboard said that across the UK, Easter Monday shopping was up 3.4%, the latest figures up until noon showed.
"The results to date are in part due to the shift in weather compared to last year; Good Friday was exceptionally warm and sunny - better than this year - but windy and rainy for the rest of the weekend, compared to this year's sunny and mild weather," it said.
The trend for increased footfall outside of retail hours continues, indicating food and beverage outlets are a key driver of shopper footfall, Springboard said.