Happy Easter? Not for retailers

Map of UK Easter footfallRetailers suffered a quiet Easter weekend, with Ipsos Retail Performance reporting a drop in footfall in comparison to 2015, when the holiday fell a fortnight later (week 14).

With a year-on-year drop of -3.0%, Scotland fared slightly worse than the UK as a whole, which recorded an average drop of -2.9%

Dr Tim Denison, Director of Retail Intelligence at Ipsos Retail Performance, said it was a similar picture nationwide over the four day holiday.

“The early Easter and poor weather conditions conspired against the high street to result in footfall falling against last year’s Easter weekend,” he added.

Only the East Midlands (+0.8%) and Wales (+0.4%) saw improvement on last year, with the North East (-8.0%) and West Midlands (-6.9%) suffering the biggest drop over the weekend.

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