According to the UK National FootFall Index for August, footfall had a decrease of 2.3% year on year and a welcome increase of 1.5% over July 2013. As the heat wave continued throughout August we have perhaps seen an uplift against July as many families prepared for the new autumn school term.
Across the regions we have seen a disappointing performance with only 2 regions, Northern Ireland and Eastern showing an improvement year on year for the month, this has especially been affected by the poorer regional performance towards the end of the month.
This month there have been some positive results from the market, with New Look reporting an uplift of profits for Q1 and Cath Kidston reporting a boost in full year profits and further expansion plans for the Far East.
This month the Retail Park Index had a mixed month with the mid part of the month being the strongest with improvements both week on week and year on year, however, both the early and later part of the month saw declines in footfall, perhaps reflective of the weather, the BRCs reported drop in sales for home retailers and also the high profile scrutiny of the pricing strategies of a handful of home retailers.
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