April retail footfall boosted by Easter holidays

The figures from the British Retail Consortium and Springboard’s retail footfall monitor reveal that the increase comprised a 5% rise in the first half of the month – which culminated in Good Friday and Easter Saturday – and dropped 6.4% in the last two weeks.

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During April footfall in high streets was up 2.3% while footfall in retail parks climbed by 2.7%. Footfall in shopping centres edged down 0.6%.

Helen Dickinson, BRC chief executive, said: “The Easter holidays boosted family visits to shopping destinations in April, resulting in the fastest annual growth of footfall since March 2014. The inclusion of…