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Footfall figures from Black Friday have confounded predictions that Brexit uncertainty and low consumer confidence would impact on sales. Retail intelligence experts Springboard announced that Black Friday saw a rise in footfall of 3.3% in comparison to 2018. Shopping centres fared the best, with an increase in footfall of 6.5%.
Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard commented, “This positive result may well ‘seal the deal’ for retailers in terms of their commitment to Black Friday moving forward, as they will have claimed shoppers early on in the Christmas trading period giving them the opportunity to steal a march on their rivals.”