Retailers hope unrestricted Easter and warm weather will boost the sector

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Retailers are hoping the first Easter without any social restrictions since 2019, combined with a mini-heat wave, will provide a much-needed boost to the sector.

Buyer footfall is expected to rise 6.2% during the break from the previous weekend and 13.3% on Saturday, according to Springboard analysts.

Main streets are expected to see the biggest uplift, at 17% on Saturday.

The main streets will be supported by the expected warm sunny weather which will attract people to outdoor destinations

The projected rise would mean footfall in retail parks would be just 1.4% below 2019 levels and down 11.6% in high streets.

Although footfall in malls is not expected to increase as much as in high streets, the gap compared to 2019 will be lower at 8.4%, which is explained by a weaker performance of malls in 2019.

Diane Wehrle, Springboard’s chief analytics officer, said: “High streets and retail parks are likely to benefit more than malls over the weekend as a whole.

“High streets will be buoyed by forecasted warm sunny weather that will draw people to outdoor destinations, and shoppers are likely to head to retail parks to pick up garden supplies, food and produce. groceries for home entertainment of family and friends.”

Christy J. Olson