Planscape: National events and weather in June influence increase in shopping activity

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Britain’s positive summer encourages increased spend in retail.

There’s been a significant increase in visits to the UK’s high streets, and perhaps this is down to the extremely great weather we’ve recently had the pleasure of experiencing.

With great sporting achievements, such good weather and a Royal baby influencing Brits to make the most of the British summertime, many retailers are adding to the positivity by putting on a series of promotions which has in turn, resulted in a boost to furniture sales; says the UK’s trusted furniture retailer, Planscape.

Planscape is a B2B furniture specialist and has even noticed a pattern in more business spend during what is proving to be one of the happiest summers of the last decade.

A spokesman from Planscape commented: “There’s been a significant increase in visits to the UK’s high streets, and perhaps this is down to the extremely great weather we’ve recently had the pleasure of experiencing.

“Still, we have even recognised how more restaurateurs are enjoying the trend for spend online this summer – investing in some of our quality outdoor tables. It’s obviously great for business but we’re just happy with the weather too!

“Everybody just seems to be in a better mood when the country, on a whole, has a summer to remember. Fingers crossed it lasts a little more than just a few weeks.”

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) retail footfall was 0.1% higher than 2012, whilst many major out-of-town locations have reported footfall increases above the UK average.

Online sales have seemingly benefitted too, as Planscape celebrates a healthy Q2. Despite its internet-led service, the firm has taken inspiration from the high-street boom and believes it has helped to form a tonic for the retail industry on a whole.

BRC director general, Helen Dickinson, stated: “The UK High Street was busier in June, and BRC figures show that footfall has increased as we have seen shoppers take advantage of the good promotions available at the moment in stores. The relatively strong UK wide figures are reflected in modest increases in footfall in out-of-town retail, although shopping centres did not perform quite so well.

“The improvement in the weather may well have contributed to this. Our recent retail sales figures showed a strong performance from fashion and footwear and it is likely that shoppers took advantage of the start of the sunshine in June to visit their local high street and buy items for their summer wardrobes.”

Ultimately, Planscape will be hoping for the spending habits of Britain to continue throughout autumn, even if it rains, when shoppers will turn to its weatherproof online service.

To find out more about the furniture specialist, visit http://www.planscapeuk.com today.

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