Warm weather and the later date for Easter this year are expected to boost high street spending.
Retail analyst Springboard predicts a 5.4 percent increase in footfall to all outlets, compared to a 1.9 percent drop last year. Easter falls after the national payday too, which indicates that more shoppers will visit retail destinations this weekend.
Springboard said the prediction about high streets reflected their resilience, adaptability and diverse hospitality, allowing them to adapt more quickly than retail parks. It is estimated that 15 percent of Easter sales will take place in food and drink places, up from previous years’ 10 percent. The good weather forecast will no doubt make a difference to entertainment outlets, such as theme parks and those offering family fun.
Smart retailers will be gearing themselves up for a busy weekend.
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