Mixed month for April footfall
This month the UK National Index shows a decline in footfall of 1.2% month on month with a decline of 4.4% year on year, a slight pick up year on year from the previous month.
These figures will be slightly distorted by the fact that Easter was in April last year and March this, so both month on month and year on year are not true like for like comparisons.
Regionally we saw the majority of regions declining year on year with the notable exception of some of the Eastern regions especially the North East and Eastern England showing some positive year on year growth throughout April. Northern Ireland also had a positive growth pattern for the last 2 weeks of the month. It will be interesting to track these regions over the next few months to see if this is an indicator of increased consumer confidence in some previously hard hit regions of the UK.