Promising improvement in Scottish city center footfall


Scottish attendance was down 14.8% in April, although it was 6.3% higher than in March.

That’s worse than the average decline of 13.1% in the UK, on ​​a three-year comparison basis, according to the latest data from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) and Sensormatic IQ.

To make meaningful comparisons with attendance changes, all numbers are compared to their pre-pandemic 2019 levels.

Shopping mall footfall was down 20% in April, an improvement from a 32% plunge in March.

In April, attendance in Glasgow was down 11.6%, 7.9% better than March.

UK attendance by location

SRC Director David Lonsdale said: “Supported by the easing of Covid restrictions and the return of commuters and tourism, the increase in shopper footfall has been particularly noticeable in our town centers and centers commercial.

“Of course, one swallow doesn’t make a summer, and it remains true that store visits are still somewhat below pre-pandemic levels.

“However, several indicators crucial to the health of the retail sector in Scotland – retail sales, vacancies in stores and now customer footfall – are each starting to point in a more favorable direction.”

Andy Sumpter, Retail Consultant for Sensormatic Solutions, commented: “On the face of it all this is positive and welcome news for retailers as the recovery in Scottish footfall continues, however, there is a caveat. keep that this only captures store visits, rather than reflecting what is happening. rang in the boxes.

“As shoppers feel the pinch of the rising cost of living and face downward pressure on their disposable income, conversions and basket sizes are likely to be reduced, so retailers – in especially non-discounters or value brands – will have to work even harder to earn wallet share and loyalty from in-store shoppers.

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