Footfall down on last year as English shops reopen after lockdown

Spending levels for ‘Wild Wednesday’ lag behind last week’s Black Friday levels

England’s high streets came out of lockdown on Wednesday but non-essential retailers hoping to kickstart the Christmas season with bumper trade on a day billed as “Wild Wednesday” instead saw shoppers return only slowly.

The number of shoppers out and about at English retail parks, shopping centres and high streets on Wednesday was up 87% on the same day of the previous week, as department and fashion stores reopened. But the crowds were down 26% on the same day last year, according to analysts at Springboard, while Barclaycard said spending levels were below last week’s Black Friday levels.

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