Good weather and “pent-up demand” for shopping saw an uptick in the number of consumers in physical stores during May.
Figures from consumer intelligence company Springboard showed a 73.3% drop in footfall during the second month of lockdown – the lowest on record – but it was an improvement from the 80% fall in April.
The UK went into lockdown on 23 March to slow the spread of the COVID-19, with all retail stores deemed non-essential forced to close.
The government has since allowed some home stores and garden centres to reopen during May and car show rooms began trading from the start of June.
Retail parks have led the recovery in the number of shoppers, partly aided by the presence of essential food stores and home stores that have stayed open during the coronavirus outbreak.
The 55.1% drop in footfall at retail parks