Belfast Telegraph

Weather plays part in holiday shopping

By Martha Linden

Warm and dry spells on Sunday boosted the number of visitors UK shops after a rain-lashed start to the Bank Holiday weekend.

Wet weather contributed to an overall 8.3% fall in year-on-year footfall figures across high streets, retail parks and shopping centres on Saturday on a crucial weekend for trading, retail data experts said.

The figure included a plunge of 19% for high streets as shoppers appeared to take shelter in out-of-town retail parks and shopping centres. The retail parks and centres saw a rise in weekend footfall of 10.1% and 3.7% respectively compared to the year before.

Better weather appeared to improve prospects on Sunday, with overall footfall increasing by 4.7% compared to the year before.

Out-of-town retail parks and shopping centres saw a rise in footfall over the weekend of 10.1% and 3.7% respectively, compared to the year before.

But the number of visitors to the high streets on Sunday remained low, registering a 4% fall.

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