Covid second wave hits recovery in UK high streets, data suggests

Footfall drops back since first week of September and is a third lower than last year

The recovery in UK’s bricks and mortar retail sector has gone into reverse, according to new data that shows footfall has declined during September amid new pandemic restrictions and concerns about a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Footfall on UK high streets and at other retail destinations was 33% lower last week compared to the same period in 2019, according to data from the British Retail Consortium and ShopperTrak. That represented a marked deterioration since the first week of September, when footfall was only down by 24% year-on-year.

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