UK retail footfall plummets 65.4% amid fresh lockdowns: BRC

7 December 2020 (Last Updated December 7th, 2020 13:50)

The British Retail Consortium (BRC)-ShopperTrak data has revealed a decline of 65.4% year-on-year in the retail footfall in November.

UK retail footfall plummets 65.4% amid fresh lockdowns: BRC
Retail footfall in the UK decline 65.4% year on year in November this year. Credit: Billy Wilson via flickr.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC)-ShopperTrak data has revealed a decline of 65.4% year-on-year in the retail footfall in November.

Compared to the previous month, the figure dipped 31.9% percentage point.

With 63.9% decline year-on-year in November, footfall on High Streets is the worst performer within the retail sector. It is also the worst-performing location for the fourth consecutive month.

Additionally, shopping centre footfall declined by 61.8% year-on-year, which is still below the 12-month average decline of 42.4%.

Across all regions, Northern Ireland recorded a 21% decline in shopping centre footfall, lowest for the sixth consecutive month.

Scotland stood second with 38.9% decline, while Wales saw a decline of 45.6%.

British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson OBE said: “Footfall plummeted once again as England underwent its second national lockdown in November. With the majority of stores closed, many missed out on the usual Black Friday boost to store visits as customers hunted for bargains online instead.

“Retail parks were hit less hard thanks to a higher proportion of supermarkets and other essential stores in those locations, slightly mitigating the overall drop in footfall. Now that all of retail is open again, customers can get out and do their Christmas shopping confident that stores are covid-secure and retailers are doing everything to keep them safe.”

Last month, the latest quarterly Distributive Trades Survey by the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) revealed that Retail sales volumes in the UK fell in the year to November.