New statistics show further slump in number who went shopping in North last month

One out of every seven retail premises in Northern Ireland is currently empty, according to new statistics which also show there was a further slump in the number of people who went shopping last month.

Figures from the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) and Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor show overall consumer footfall dropped by -2.0 per cent in July in the North compared to an increase of 0.5 per cent in July last year.

Town-centre shopping streets and retail parks suffered the biggest fall off in potential shoppers with both recording a fall of -2.3 per cent.

The latest report also shows there was a significant drop of -6.2 per cent in shopper footfall after 5pm in July which it states is “clear evidence of a tightening of purse strings on casual dining and leisure trips”.

Vacancy rates in the…