• Where does bricks-and-mortar fit for the modern shopper?

     

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  • FootFall commentary for w/c 11th July 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 28 (11th July – 17th July 2016): +1.5%
    Change for week 28 Year-on-Year: -2.4%

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 28 (11th July – 17th July 2016): -0.1%
    Change for week 28 Year-on-Year: -0.3%

    Commentary

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting an increase Week-on-Week of +1.5% and a decrease of -2.4% Year-on-Year. The weekend shows a decrease of -0.4% Year-on-Year.  The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.4% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is worse than last year by -1%.

    The FootFall Regional Index reports all regions showing a decrease in Year-on-Year retail traffic. The regions to show the highest Year-on-Year decrease were the North East Region, -5.2% and the Yorkshire Humber R

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  • FootFall commentary for w/c 4th July 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 27 (4th July – 10th July 2016): +2.6%
    Change for week 27 Year-on-Year: -1.5%

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 27 (4th July – 10th July 2016): -2.0%
    Change for week 27 Year-on-Year: +0.3%

    Commentary

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting an increase Week-on-Week of +2.6% and a decrease of -1.5% Year-on-Year. The weekend shows a decrease of -1.8% Year-on-Year. The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.4% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is worse than last year -1.1%.

    The FootFall Regional Index shows two regions with an increase in Year-on-Year retail traffic, the Eastern region +0.6% and Northern Ireland +3.0%. Three regions showed a Week-on-Week decrease, The South West and Wales suffered the greatest Week-on-Week decrease

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  • Rio Olympics – the home retail opportunity

    The Olympic Games attracts worldwide attention for the host country, but how does an influx of tourists affect retail footfall? We’ve crunched the numbers from London 2012 to predict what retailers and shopping centres in Brazil can expect ahead of Rio 2016.

    Looking at data from across the UK during both the previous Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is clear that, despite predictions of retail revenue increasing by up to £561 million, spending did not soar during London 2012, as consumers were distracted by the event.

    However, looking at UK footfall data for this same period, there are opportunities available to retailers and shopping centres that want to maximise consumer interest in Rio 2016:

    First week growth:

    The good news for Brazil’s retail sector is that retail footfall in the host nation grew during the first week of the previous Olympic

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  • FootFall commentary for w/c 27th June 2016

    FootFall Retail Index – UK National Weekly:
    Change for week 26 (27th June – 3rd July 2016): +4.3%
    Change for week 26 Year-on-Year: – 0.4%

    FootFall Retail Index – Retail Park Weekly:
    Change for week 26 (27th June – 3rd July 2016):  -0.3%
    Change for week 26 Year-on-Year: +2.2%

    Commentary

    The FootFall National Retail Index is reporting an increase Week-on-Week of +4.3% and a decrease of -0.4 % Year-on-Year. The weekend shows an increase of 1.8% Year-on-Year.  The Year-to-Date trend reports -2.4% compared to the previous week. Furthermore, the figure recorded is better than last year, +1.1%.

    The FootFall Regional Index reports that four regions showed an increase on Year-on-Year retail traffic with Scotland showing the largest increase of 4.1%. The region showing the highest decrease was the West Mid

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  • Flying the flag for independent retailers

    It’s simultaneously a good and bad time to be an independent retailer. On the one hand, the global retail market is tough; on the other, there has been a definite consumer shift in popularity towards local, independently-owned businesses in many markets.

    In fact, some countries go so far as to hold an entire celebration of their independent retail culture. July marks the start of Independent Retailer Month in the UK, encouraging more consumers to shop with smaller, local companies.

    So how can independent retailers embrace this appetite for a more personal, individual shopping experience, with fewer resources than their corporate rivals?

    It starts with making the most of their USPs. Customer service is often identified as an area that sets independents apart – the faces behind the brand are perceived as more passionate, knowledgeable and helpful than chain store personnel. However, it can be difficult for smaller businesses to maintai

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