UK retail footfall rose 1.8% year-on-year in March

UK retail footfall rose 1.8% year-on-year in March

UK shopper numbers experienced growth in March after good promotions, new ranges, and warmer weather attracted them back to the high street.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC)/Springboard Footfall Monitor found retail footfall rose 1.8% year-on-year in March - significantly up on the 2.9% fall in February and above the three month average of 0.4%.

Footfall on the high street was 2.6% higher than the previous year for March - the largest rise in almost a year.

Out-of-town locations reported the greatest rise - 3% higher than a year ago, while footfall in shopping centres was down 0.5% on the previous year.

"These are strong results," said BRC director general Helen Dickinson.

"They confirm what retailers have been reporting to us, that a combination of good pricing and promotions, with well-received new ranges, has driven a significant increase in shoppers on high streets and in out of town shopping centres."

The comments come after UK fashion sales performed "relatively well" in March, despite an overall like-for-like retail sales decline of 1.7%.

"With the shift in Easter to April this year, it will be important to look at April's results as well to understand the full footfall picture," Dickinson added. 

"Retailers will be working hard to support this positive trend, and encourage people to take advantage of shopping opportunities over the Easter break."