The number of people visiting shops increased by almost 200% last week in England as non-essential retailers were allowed to open their doors to consumers for the first time since early January as Covid restrictions were relaxed. Industry figures from the British Retail Consortium and separate data from Springboard, a research provider, revealed a sharp rise in footfall on high streets and at retail parks and shopping centres across the country. Landmark UK department stores at risk as Covid changes city centres Read more Taken from sensors at the doors of thousands of retail stores, footfall jumped by 195.5% in England on the six days to Saturday 17 April compared with the week before. […] Footfall also rose by 167.6% from a week ago in Wales, where non-essential shops were also allowed to reopen on 12 April. […] The separate figures from Springboard showed retail footfall rose by 88% in the week to Saturday compared with the previous week.
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