Total retail footfall in the UK for last month declined by 10.5% on a year-on-three-years (Yo3Y) basis, according to data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Sensormatic IQ.
The data revealed that footfall improved by 2% from May and was better than the three-month average decline of 11.8%.
During the five weeks from 29 May to 2 July, footfall in shopping centres increased by 2.6% from last month’s rate but declined by 24.1% on a Yo3Y basis. This was above the three-month average decline of 25.9%.
The UK reported better footfall than other major European countries, including France, Italy and Germany, which reported -23.5%, -21.6% and -19.4% Yo3Y respectively in June.
On a regional basis, England recorded the mildest decline at -9.9%, followed by Wales at -12.7% and Northern Ireland at -14.7%. Scotland saw the highest decline at -15.8%.
Sensormatic Solutions Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) retail consultant Andy Sumpter said: “June delivered a rollercoaster ride for the High Street – the highs of the ‘Jubilee Jump’ in footfall where retailers benefitted from the beginning of the month was, in part, derailed by the rail strikes as some shoppers stayed at home to avoid travel disruption.
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“This mixed bag of footfall performance will do little to allay retailers’ concerns as the cost-of-living and inflationary pressures continue to weigh heavy in the public consciousness.
“Retailers will be hoping that even if consumers shop less frequently, they will be more considered in their purchases to drive up conversion when they do come into store.”
Last month, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey showed that the UK’s retail sales volumes in the year to June declined to -5% from -1% last month.
Sales volumes in the country are expected to remain largely unchanged over the year to July, falling marginally to -2%.