The latest figures from retail experts Springboard revealed that heavy rain and the start of the new school term impacted footfall across UK retail destinations last week, with a significant drop in all three key destination types. 

The week began positively, however, on each day between Tuesday and Friday footfall was substantially below the previous week. 

There was a recovery by the weekend when the rain cleared, although this was wholly driven by increases in activity in high streets. 

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Coastal and historic towns were particularly hit, having benefited from bank holiday visitors in the week before, with the most modest reduction in activity occurring in central London. 

In contrast, Springboard’s central London ‘back to the office’ benchmark rose from the week before, reflecting the increase in employees returning to their offices following the end of the summer break.

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