Retail footfall down

The recovery of the UK non-food retail market stalled in September, as reflected in the latest footfall figures from Ipsos Retail Performance.

The gretail and footfall consultant compiles the Retail Traffic Index (RTI), which is derived from the number of individual shoppers entering more  than 4,000 UK non-food retail stores.

In September the RTI fell 1.7 per cent on September 2013 slowing the recent rate of recovery. This was alongside footfall levels dropping by 7.4 per cent month-on-month.

In garden centres, September was ariund eight per cent up at Garden Centre Association centres. Outdoor plant sales were 15 per cent up, as were sundries, while furniture and BBQ sales were 20 per cent up. Watering did well, but clothing was one of the worst performing categories, reflecting record temperatures during the month.


The usual seasonal dip in footfall, following the end of the summer holidays and back to school campaigns, was exaggerated by the enduring warm summer weather. The fashion and footwear sector suffered the worst, with footfall levels down 4.3 per cent on September 2013.

Ipsos director Dr Tim Denison said: "The fashion and footwear the sectors are the most susceptible to varying weather conditions.

"At this time of year, consumers are usually out shopping for winter boots, jumpers and coats to equip them against falling temperatures and wet weather. The warmer climate that we have enjoyed through to the last week of September has delayed such behaviour this year, which has unfortunately penalised performance in the sector." 

Footfall over Quarter 3 as a whole was down 1.9 per cent on the same period in 2013, making it the worst quarter of the current year so far. 


Footfall change: September 2014 vs September 2013 ??
Scotland & Northern Ireland -1.3%?
North of England +1.6%?
The Midlands -2.9%?
South West England & Wales -3.1%?
South East England & London -2.8%?

Footfall change: September 2014 vs August 2014?
Scotland & Northern Ireland -10.9%?
North of England -0.5%?
The Midlands -5.7%?
South West England & Wales -13.5%?
South East England & London -10.2%

Footfall change: Q3 2014 vs Q3 2013
Scotland & Northern Ireland +0.5%
North of England +0.2%
The Midlands -1.5%
South West England & Wales -4.6%
South East England & London -3.2%


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

Why are small garden centre groups expanding?

Why are small garden centre groups expanding?

After Coolings bought a third site in Kent this October, what is driving garden centres to add extra locations to their offer?

Is targetting younger buyers a distraction for garden centres?

Is targetting younger buyers a distraction for garden centres?

Garden centres may be better off looking towards their traditional demographic than chasing young customers.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2017

See our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation
 

Read latest articles