Shopper numbers have fallen by 6.6% in the last week across Northern Ireland’s retail spots, it has emerged.
Footfall across all retail destinations dropped in the week between September 6 and September 12, with the UK seeing a 6.3% fall on average.
In high streets and retail parks there were week-on-week declines of 5.4% and 5.2% respectively, while in shopping centres footfall dropped by 9%.
“The back to school boost to footfall ended sharply last week,” Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said.
“While his is a pattern of consumer activity that Springboard has come to expect -we have seen this drop occur in all but one year since we starting publishing our footfall indices in 2009, the magnitude of the drop has been larger than in any previous year. This signifies the continued impact of many Brits continuing to work from home as offices across the UK remain closed.”
"Footfall in high streets is now 33.7% lower than last year, and 31.2% lower in shopping centres,” Springboard said.
“Despite a drop in footfall in retail parks of 5.2% from the week before, the drop in footfall from the year before is just a third of that in high streets and shopping centres at 10.4%.