Poor weather plagues high streets over Easter

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Bad weather persuaded shoppers to stay in this bank holiday weekend as a torrid year for retailers continues.

Springboard, a retail research group, said total shop visits were down 2.4 per cent between Friday and Easter Sunday compared to the year previous.

High street footfall fell by 9.6 per cent on Good Friday and 6.9 per cent on Easter Saturday.

Diane Wehrle, Springboard insights director, said: “Notwithstanding the rain impacting high street footfall, the results for shopping centres and retail parks will be a fillip for multiple retailers following the recent tough trading conditions.

“In overall terms, however, footfall is still down compared with Easter last year.

“Easter footfall also declined in the previous two years, so it is clear that Easter is becoming less important as a key retail trading period.”

A number of high street brands have failed this year, with Toys R Us and electronics retailer Maplins going under most recently.

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