Retailers in Northern Ireland enjoy nearly 13% rise in footfall

High street stores and shopping centres in the Northern Ireland enjoyed their highest footfall levels in the month of April since 2012, just released fresh data showed.

According to the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium/Springboard Footfall data, Northern Ireland's retailers enjoyed an impressive year-on-year increase of 12.8 per cent in the number of people passing through stores in April.

That figure represents the highest recorded growth in footfall at the high street since December 2012. The increase in the number of shoppers hitting the stores dwarfed the UK average, a decline of 0.1 per cent.

The increase in people venturing into stores also suggested a renewed consumer confidence.

Aodhan Connolly, chief of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, said that it was the greatest year-on-year increase in footfall in stores across the UK.

Speaking on the topic, Connolly said, "This double-digit growth, combined with it being the second month in a row that we have seen positive growth in footfall across Northern Ireland, is a significant portent to the rise of consumer confidence as well as a more buoyant economy."

In nine of the last twelve months, store in the Northern Ireland suffered a decline in footfall on yearly basis, averaging -2.2 per cent compared with -0.9 per cent across the UK.

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