High street footfall continues to lag behind pre-pandemic levels

Footfall stages continue to be 23% down below pre-pandemic levels in February 2022 as rising charges are reportedly established to “batter” suppliers from 1 April, in accordance to RSM.

The most recent data from Datscha, analysed by RSM, exhibits the total drop in footfall is the worst in London with numbers on Oxford Road down 46%. 

“Key” searching streets in big Northern metropolitan areas are also struggling, with footfall on Manchester’s Current market Road down 38%, Newcastle’s Northumberland Street down 37%, and Buchanan Street in Glasgow down 25%.

RSM mentioned that constraints on global journey and testing necessities, which have now been scrapped, deterred travelers from checking out the United kingdom, and therefore “hampered” footfall amounts, significantly in cities like London. 

In addition, the storms knowledgeable in February, considerations about the climbing value of living, and a put up-pandemic “behavioural shift” to on the internet searching have all contributed to the decreased footfall.

Nevertheless, Guildford, Leeds and Brighton have observed boosts in footfall of 28%, 7% and 2% respectively, in comparison to pre-pandemic figures. According to RSM, this is most likely to have been boosted by Guildford and Brighton homeworkers shopping on their neighborhood high streets relatively than commuting into London. 

Meanwhile, the increase in footfall in Leeds is predicted to be thanks to much more staff returning to the business office.

Jacqui Baker, husband or wife and head of retail at RSM, mentioned: “Despite higher street footfall staying down below pre-pandemic amounts, there’s hope that the worst of the pandemic is now guiding us, particularly with the elimination of all Covid constraints which is a big action in the suitable route for the sector.

“Consumer self-assurance is now fragile owing to the pandemic and is now struggling with a further setback as a consequence of the value of dwelling crisis. Fears of soaring electricity fees, greater mortgage repayments and amplified petrol prices are all squeezing incomes and producing competitors for household expend, which, in switch, may possibly impression future footfall.”

She included: “Retailers face an approaching pinch stage from 1 April as the national minimum amount wage and nationwide insurance policies raise kicks in, along with the stop of Covid guidance techniques.”