Promising signs for Chester

Promising signs for Chester

Newly released figures have revealed a sharp increase in Chester city centre footfall during July, with visitor numbers up by 13% year-on-year to 1.8 million.

Data compiled by independent retail analysts Springboard on behalf of CH1ChesterBID put Chester’s rise in city visitor numbers firmly ahead of the rest of the UK, which saw a small average footfall increase of 0.3% during the same month when compared to 2015.

Official figures released recently by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) also showed that sales across the UK were up during July (by 1.1% on 2015), rising at their fastest pace since January.

Carl Critchlow, BID manager at CH1ChesterBID, said: “July’s bumper footfall figures for Chester combined with the national spending data from the BRC are welcome news for our city centre economy.

“We enjoyed some sunny weather during July and that often contributes to increased footfall, but we’re delighted that the figures for Chester compare so well against other major city economies in the UK.”

He added: “July was the first full month in a post-Brexit environment too, so we’re really pleased to see that the vote hasn’t had any immediate impact on consumer confidence in Chester.”