Warmer weather gives footsteps a lift, but Brexit uncertainty still hinders spending

& # 39; We are in the middle of a culture without excesses & # 39 ;: Brexit stops customers from lifting the High St despite warmer weather

  • Shopper numbers increased in March, according to Springboard and BRC
  • But this is compared to last year when snow and frost passed through the UK
  • The report claims that shoppers are still nervous about making large purchases

More people visited the British High Streets last month than in March 2018, but shoppers still make expensive & # 39; big-ticket & # 39; purchases, according to a report.

The total number of visitors to stores in the UK increased by 1.4 percent in March, according to Springboard and the British Retail Consortium.

The number of visitors in the shopping streets increased by 2.5 percent on an annual basis, while the trips to retail parks increased by 1.5 percent.

Footstep: Relative light weather has increased the number of people visiting High Street and Retail Parks in the UK in March, Springboard and the BRC said:

Footstep: Relative light weather has increased the number of people visiting High Street and Retail Parks in the UK in March, Springboard and the BRC said:

But the findings were & # 39; heavily influenced & # 39; by the weather, said BRC boss Helen Dickinson. The temperatures were much milder in March than in the same period last year, when shoppers compete with the so-called beast from the east.

The report even says that the increase should be considered as an & # 39; exceptional circumstance & # 39; with regard to the dramatic slump of 6 percent of footsteps in March instead of a setback for British retailers.

The higher number of visitors did not translate into higher spending, the report added, with customers scaring off expensive items while the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit merges.

& # 39; The result clearly indicates that we are still in the middle of a culture without excesses & # 39 ;, said Dinny Wehrle, director of marketing and insights at Springboard.

& # 39; As consumer confidence continues to languish, buyers are clearly focused on caution & # 39 ;, she said.

While the relatively warm weather stimulated shopping streets and shopping parks, visits to shopping centers fell by 1 percent last month, setting the 24th consecutive month of decline.

Visitor numbers to British shopping centers continued to decline - a 2-year decline noticeable

Visitor numbers to British shopping centers continued to decline - a 2-year decline noticeable

Visitor numbers to British shopping centers continued to decline – a 2-year decline noticeable

Dickinson said: & Shopping centers continue to suffer. It is vital that all different store locations are suitable for the future and offer the mix of retail and experiential opportunities that generate the necessary footsteps to succeed. & # 39;

The findings follow the collapse of Debenhams last week in pre-pack administration.

The department store chain crumbled under the weight of its debts and then fell into the hands of its lenders, who are now allegedly pursuing the closure of about 50 stores.

Debenhams is the newest high profile chain that falls into the administration. The chain agreed with its lenders and all stores remain open for the time being

Debenhams is the newest high profile chain that falls into the administration. The chain agreed with its lenders and all stores remain open for the time being

Debenhams is the newest high profile chain that falls into the administration. The chain agreed with its lenders and all stores remain open for the time being

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