Retail footfall fell again in June in the latest blow for the high street as cooler weather failed to live up to last summer’s heatwave.
High street footfall dropped at an even steeper rate of 4.5%, down from an increase of 0.1%, as June’s colder weather failed to match 2018’s soaring temperatures. Shopping centres were also badly affected by a decline in visits, which dropped by 2.4% following a decline of 3.4% the previous year.
Retail parks managed to buck the negative trend last month, as footfall increased by 0.1%.
British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickenson said: “Poor footfall this June led to a significant fall in the sales figures for the month. High streets were worst hit by the relatively poor June weather, with shopping centres also performing badly; however, retail parks managed to buck the trend. Last year’s World Cup and glorious sunshine set a high bar, which 2019’s slow consumer spending and Brexit uncertainty failed to live up to.”
However, analysts said the decline could be expected to be more dramatic in the current uncertain political and economic environment. The year-to-date decline is 1.4%, an improvement on the 2.1%, drop the previous year.
Springboard marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle added: “Given the exceptional and ongoing disruptive political and economic period we are facing, coupled with unprecedented structural changes in the retail sector, we might actually expect consumer activity to take an even greater hit.”