The restoration in shopper numbers continued to gradual final month reflecting the tough financial scenario going through UK households, knowledge exhibits.
Retail knowledge analysts, Springboard, mentioned footfall was up by simply 6.8 per cent in September, a smaller enhance than the 8.6 per cent and 15.5 per cent uplifts seen in August and July respectively.
Springboard mentioned customers would spend much more cautiously in October within the face of inflation and the rise in rates of interest.
The corporate’s advertising and insights director, Diane Wehrle, mentioned: “The continuing price of inflation mixed with the latest rise in rates of interest implies that from October onwards customers will inevitably train even larger discretion and be extra thought-about of their buying behaviour.
“The influence on footfall and subsequently on retail gross sales can be rapid, with it additionally being doubtless that fewer journeys can be made to bigger centres that incur a larger journey value.”
Excessive avenue footfall was 9.5 per cent larger than final yr however down from the 13.9 per cent enhance seen final month, whereas retail park visits have been simply 0.3 per cent larger than final September.
In starker findings, weekday footfall purchasing in UK excessive streets was down by 17.4 per cent on 2019 because of many staff working from house for no less than a part of the working week.
Ms Wehrle mentioned excessive streets have been going through extra complicated challenges than inflation alone.
She mentioned: “Excessive streets usually are not solely going through the problem of inflation, however hybrid working can also be impacting the restoration of footfall.
“With round a half of all staff persevering with to work from home for no less than a part of the working week, exercise in excessive streets stays considerably decrease than in 2019, notably throughout the Monday to Friday interval.”