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August footfall still 18% below pre-pandemic levels, says BRC

However, according to the BRC and Sensormatic IQ data the, four week period represented a 10% climb from July 2021

Total UK footfall four the four week period ended 28 August 2021 remained 18% below its pre-pandemic August 2019 level.

However, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Sensormatic IQ data, the four week period represented a 10% climb from July 2021.

In turn, August’s figures sat above the three month average two-year decline of 24.6%.

While Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the BRC, recognised August as “a tentative step in the right direction”, she claimed that “overall footfall remained significantly down compared to the pre-pandemic peak”.

She added: “For our local communities to thrive, Government must deliver on the commitment it made in the business rates review to reduce the overall burden of the tax, which is hindering retailers’ ability to invest and create jobs and leading to store closures across the country. 

“It is vital the government delivers on this commitment when it publishes the conclusion of its review over the coming months.”

The UK’s August footfall reached “its highest point” in comparison to 2019 levels so far this year, as a result of staycations and back to school boosts.

Andy Sumpter, retail consultant EMEA at Sensormatic, added: “In every UK city we track – including London, which has sorely felt the impact of slow returning commuter trade in recent months – showed improved shopper counts, as vaccine confidence won out against the fears and spread of the Delta variant.”

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