• FootFall commentary for w/c 6th June 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 23 (6th June – 12th June 2016): -6.8
    Change for week 23 Year-on-Year: -3.7

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 23 (6th June – 12th June 2016):  -1.7
    Change for week 23 Year-on-Year: +0.9

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting a decrease Week-on-Week of -6.8% and a decrease of  -3.7% Year-on-Year. The weekend shows a decrease of -4.1% Year-on-Year.  The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.3% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is worse than last year -1.1%.

    This comes after a poor May for retailers, during which the EU referendum and a slowing global economy took a toll on consumer confidence. Spending increased by just 0.8% annually in May, compared to a 2.6% annual increase in April and at the slowest ….

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  • FootFall commentary for w/c 30th May 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 22 (30th May – 5th June 2016): +3.7%
    Change for week 22 Year-on-Year: +2.6%

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 22 (30th May – 5th June 2016): -0.3%
    Change for week 22 Year-on-Year: +6.4%

    Commentary

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting an increase Week-on-Week of +3.7% and a rise of +2.6% Year-on-Year. This is most likely due to the half term holiday, with many families either spending the break at home or within the UK. The weekend shows a decrease of -5.7% Year-on-Year, possibly due to a return to warm weather after a cooler period, with many people staying away from the shops and spending time in the sunshine. The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.3% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is worse than last ….

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  • Will the Rugby World Cup create a big win for retail?

    Sporting fans across the world will be eagerly watching the UK this month, as 14 cities across the country host the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Twenty nations from around the globe will gather on British soil to compete for the hallowed trophy, last lifted by New Zealand four years ago.

    Major events like the Rugby World Cup aren’t just cause for celebration among sports fans, though; they bring an influx of tourists to the host country, generating new business opportunities for retailers and shopping centres.

    Yet, at the same time, they can also draw regular shoppers away from retail activities, as they become engrossed in tournament activity.

    So will the weeks ahead convert successfully for the retail industry, or will changes in shopping patterns lead to a consumer scrum? We look back at exclusive FootFall data from the most recent Rugby World Cups – New Zealand 2011 and France 2007 – to make our predictions.

    Let’s start off by looking ….

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  • Back to School: key retail lessons from the holiday season

    Parents across the world are sighing with relief as their children return to school following the summer break. Thousands of retailers and shopping centres will be doing the same, for the school holidays often disrupt consumer traffic patterns in an unpredictable manner.

    How did this year’s long vacation impact retail footfall – and what can businesses learn from it? We delve into 2015’s trends using exclusive FootFall data:

    Holiday traffic – the early trends

    Internationally, we saw a change in consumer traffic throughout the school holidays. In the week after term ended, footfall rose across most regions – varying from a +3% increase in Hong Kong to +15% in both Austria and Poland.

    This is most likely due to parents and children filling the first week of the holidays with activities like shopping, and stocking up on playthings or summer clothes before their annual vacation.

    Interestingly, in Germany, the ….

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  • NEW: UK, Retail Sector Benchmarks Available Now

    Would you like to know the answer to 1 of the following questions?

    – How has your footfall compared with the national visitor trends for your sector?
    – Are you outperforming the rest of the sector, or is it outperforming you?

    If yes, you may be interested in our 3 new sector specific benchmarks:

    – Fashion
    – Sports & Outdoor
    – Home & General

    Why do you need it?

    – So you can compare and benchmark your company and store visitor performance with the sector standard.
    – FootFall is trusted globally by clients, industry commentators and media outlets.
    – Every quarter, we count the equivalent of every person on the planet.

    What will you get?

    – Following a simple subscription process, you will receive PDF reports via email, on the frequency you have selected.

    Take advantage ….

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  • How does the news agenda affect retail footfall?

    They say life’s what happens when you’re making other plans, and that’s definitely true in retail. Carefully orchestrated promotions and strategic decisions made months in advance can be scuppered at the 11th hour by unfolding news events.

    How much do spontaneous political, social and cultural occurrences impact retail footfall? We take a look at some of 2015’s biggest news stories so far, and their effect on consumer activity.

    Political elections – Greece, UK

    It’s hard to escape the impact of the Greek legislative election on 25th January, when left-wing party SYRIZA won for the first time in its history, 2 seats short of an absolute majority. The national instability caused by a change of government is evident in Greece’s footfall figures; retail traffic was down across the month, but dipped by a massive -83% on the day of the election.

    Greece isn’t the only country whose elections ….

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