Once again Brighton has bucked the trends on shopping. Last weekend’s football and rugby extravaganzas seem to have had a detrimental effect on the high street nationwide with footfall dropping by 7% on last year and 4.1% on last week.
However, in Brighton the figures were up 14.5% on last year and 1.4% on last week. Maybe we’re just not that into sport in Brighton. Or could it be that our women folk are more inclined to go shopping without their men. Or maybe our shops are just too compelling.
The figures, which are taken from the Experian Retail FootFall Index (RFI), also showed a rise in shopper numbers on Sunday of 0.3% compared with the same Sunday last year, and a week-on-week fall of only 1.3%.
Natasha Burton, spokesperson for FootFall, comments, “These figures suggest that we are a patriotic nation when it comes to sport. At this time of year, we would expect the number of shoppers to start gently increasing in the run up to Christmas, but we have actually seen a drop, with 4.1% fewer than last Saturday, and 7.0% down on the same time last year. This brings the overall weekend figure down when compared to both last year and the previous weekend, by 4.8% and 3.3% respectively.
“Celebrations long into the night didn’t have too much of an impact on Sunday retail. Numbers were only down on last Sunday by 1.3% and, interestingly, were up 0.3% on the previous year, as shoppers made up for Saturday’s lost shopping opportunities.”
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