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Worst June sales figures for Wales in over 20 years

Retailers in Wales saw the worst June sales figures in more than 20 years, according to the British Retail Consortium.

UK-wide, it was the worst June on record for retail performance.

Footfall declined by more than 6%, the steepest month-on-month decline since September 2018. This represents a ten times greater decline in footfall than in cities across the UK.

The British Retail Consortium said Wales is being particularly badly hit by political and economic uncertainty in the UK.

June proved a very difficult month for Welsh retailers. The worst June sales figures in over twenty years were reflected in visits to shopping destinations as footfall continues to plummet.

Welsh shoppers continue to put off visiting high streets and shopping centres are they grapple with increasingly uncertain political and economic circumstances. Whilst these concerns are seen across the UK, Wales seems to be especially hit by this.

– Sara Jones, Head of Policy & External Affairs, Welsh Retail Consortium

Shopping centres in Wales saw a nearly 6% fall in footfall, which represents the second highest area of the UK.

The BRC's statistics cover the period from 26 May to 29 June 2019.

5.6%
decline in shopping centre footfall in June in Wales
6.1%
decline in high-street footfall in June in Wales
0.6%
decline in high-street footfall in June across the UK
June was the worst month on record for the UK retail sector. Credit: PA Images

Given the exceptional and ongoing disruptive political and economic period we are facing coupled with unprecedented structural changes in the retail sector, we might actually expect consumer activity to have taken an even greater hit.

In reality, the drop in Wales’s footfall of -1.8% for the year to date is only slightly below the drop of -1.5% over the same period last year, so in context footfall performance has shown more resilience over the year to date than expected.

– Diane Wehrle, Springboard Marketing and Insights Director