High street footfall down by 85%

____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ “We will see an acceleration of many trends seen prior to the coronavirus pandemic – lower footfall as many consumers choose to browse digitally, and a corresponding rise in online sales.  “These changes are requiring retailers to adapt quickly so that the industry can meet the needs of modern consumers and deal with the challenges the pandemic is presenting.  “Ultimately, the very nature of many retail jobs will change, with impressive customer service and the effective use of technology becomes even more vital.” Separate research by analysts Springboard found that footfall at the UK’s retail destinations increased 3.3 per cent in the first week after lockdown measures were lifted.