• FootFall commentary for w/c 20th June

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 25 (20th June – 26th June 2016): – 4.8%
    Change for week 25 Year-on-Year: – 5.1%

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 25 (20th June – 26th June 2016): 0.8%
    Change for week 25 Year-on-Year: – 0.7%

    Commentary

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting a decrease Week-on-Week of -4.8% and a decrease of -5.1 % Year-on-Year. The weekend shows a decrease of -5.7% Year-on-Year.  The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.5% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is better than last year, -1%.

    The FootFall Regional Index reports that all regions showed a decrease on Year-on-Year retail traffic.  The Eastern Region showed the lowest decrease of -1.6% whilst the regions to show the highest decrease on Yea

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  • Spotlight on: Regional Managers

    For every store or centre manager, their role is clear. They are responsible for leading their site to success by monitoring all operational functions and driving sales.

    For the regional manager, however, the task can be much broader and difficult to quantify. Complex management of multiple teams, gathering information across many locations, and finding a meaningful way to compare performances between stores or centres are just some of the challenges they face on an everyday basis.

    Add to this the demands of an increasingly competitive sector, and it’s clear that timely insights are essential for regional managers to understand what’s behind every dip or hike in sales within their area.

    So what should regional managers be looking for to drive the success of every site under their remit? Here are three essentials metrics for success FootFall has encountered from our work in the retail and property sectors:

    Benchmark perform

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  • FootFall commentary for w/c 13th June 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 24 (13th June – 19th June 2016): +3.5%
    Change for week 24 Year-on-Year: -3.8%

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 24 (13th June – 19th June 2016): -1%
    Change for week 24 Year-on-Year: +1.1%

    Commentary

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting an increase Week-on-Week of +3.5% and a decrease of -3.8% Year-on-Year. The weekend declined -2.9% Year-on-Year.  The Year-to-Date trend reports a decline of -2.4% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is better than last year -0.9%.

    The FootFall Regional Index reports that Scotland was the only region to show an increase in Year-on-Year retail traffic, +2.3%.  Most regions showed a Week-on-Week rise in retail traffic, The Yorkshire-Humber real

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  • FootFall commentary for w/c 6th June 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 23 (6th June – 12th June 2016): -6.8
    Change for week 23 Year-on-Year: -3.7

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 23 (6th June – 12th June 2016):  -1.7
    Change for week 23 Year-on-Year: +0.9

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting a decrease Week-on-Week of -6.8% and a decrease of  -3.7% Year-on-Year. The weekend shows a decrease of -4.1% Year-on-Year.  The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.3% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is worse than last year -1.1%.

    This comes after a poor May for retailers, during which the EU referendum and a slowing global economy took a toll on consumer confidence. Spending increased by just 0.8% annually in May, compared to a 2.6% annual increase in April and at the slowe

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  • FootFall commentary for w/c 30th May 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 22 (30th May – 5th June 2016): +3.7%
    Change for week 22 Year-on-Year: +2.6%

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 22 (30th May – 5th June 2016): -0.3%
    Change for week 22 Year-on-Year: +6.4%

    Commentary

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting an increase Week-on-Week of +3.7% and a rise of +2.6% Year-on-Year. This is most likely due to the half term holiday, with many families either spending the break at home or within the UK. The weekend shows a decrease of -5.7% Year-on-Year, possibly due to a return to warm weather after a cooler period, with many people staying away from the shops and spending time in the sunshine. The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.3% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is worse than la

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  • Father’s Day: a retail growth opportunity

    Globally, consumers spend up to three times as much on gifts for Mother’s Day compared to Father’s Day. While by any measurement the annual holiday celebrating dads is overshadowed by the retail monoliths of Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentines – in this tough retail environment, retailers and shopping centres must embrace every opportunity.

    Father’s Day happens at different times of the year across the globe, but interesting observations can still be drawn on what happens during the run up in each market. Research from Mintel reveals that the popularity of Father’s Da

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