Retail & Wholesale

High street shopping remains out of fashion

New data from the British Retail Consortium show that shoppers are continuing to desert high streets, with footfall numbers down 0.1% in May. High street footfall has consistently fallen in all but one month over the past 17 months. Shopping centres are also losing customers, with footfall down 2% last month compared with a 3% decrease in April. Only out-of-town retail parks experienced a rise, with 1.4% more visitors. BRC director-general Helen Dickinson urged officials and retailers to work together 'to give customers practical positive reasons to return' to the high street. She called for 'bold action' on business rates in next month's Budget and for councils to reconsider parking charges in shopping centres.


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