LONDON Shopper numbers across all British retail destinations rose 3.8% in the week to August 8 versus the week before, with the start of the government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme helping evening trade more than lunchtimes, researcher Springboard said on Monday.
The 500 million-pound ($653 million) scheme offers 50% off the bill for eat-in food and drink – up to 10 pounds per person and excluding alcohol – on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August. It launched last Monday.
Springboard said shopper numbers, or footfall, across all UK retail destinations remained more than a third lower than in 2019, with a year-on-year decline of 34%.
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