• How does the political and economic agenda impact retail traffic?

    Retailers across APAC continue to feel the repercussions of uncertainties in in the Chinese stock market. Similarly, in the UK the potential knock-on impacts of the EU referendum are being widely discussed; headlines are filled with warnings about how the BREXIT campaigns are impacting consumer confidence. Should retailers and shopping centres be looking at political and economic trends and planning for their effect on consumer spending?

    All eyes were on Canberra today (Tuesday 3rd May), when the Australian federal government revealed its annual budget. This announcement will interest the retail sector in more ways than one, as it’s not just their business finances that will be affected.

    In the wake of the budget announcement, Australian consumers will be following the news closely, to see how it impacts their personal finances – and historically this uncertainty has tended to drive them away from stores and shopping centres.

    An analysis ….

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  • Black Friday & Cyber Monday: our global retail footfall predictions

    On Friday 27th November, millions of retailers will kick off their Christmas campaigns in earnest, with the launch of their Black Friday promotions. This day of heavy discounting has spread across the world like wildfire in recent years, as has its online sister event, Cyber Monday, which this year will take place on 30th November.

    To see how these events will impact retail businesses globally, we’ve crunched some exclusive footfall data, to bring you our Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer traffic predictions for 2015:

    UK forecast: a welcome boost for bricks-and-mortar

    Retail sales were slow in the UK during October, and industry experts believe this is because consumers are holding out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

    Analysis of previous footfall data would certainly support this prediction. Black Friday has only been a phenomenon in the country since 2013, when there was a marked ….

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