Yorkshire & The Humber: The Top 10 Rises in Footfall & Retail Since Reopening

In the week following the re-opening of non-essential retail on April 12th, Huq has used insights from Community Vision, it’s high-street measurement tool for local Councils, to chart recovery in terms of footfall and store-visits for the top and bottom towns and cities across Yorkshire & The Humber.

Doncaster has topped the list for footfall growth since non-essential retail’s reopening, with an increase of 44.9% over the first full week. However, the city of Leeds tops the ranking for the greatest rise in non-essential store visits, with levels rising 127.7%.

Data from Community Vision has also revealed the ten towns and cities that are lagging in both footfall and recovery. Kingston upon Hull saw an increase of just 18.6% in footfall in the week since April 12th, while Halifax saw store visits rise by only 12.5%.

Interestingly, Leeds features as the highest riser for non-essential store visits but yet shows only 30.7% increase in footfall. This contrast suggests higher levels of discretionary economic activity as a proportion of passing trade than other centres in the region.


Top 10 Towns & Cities for Increased Footfall
Doncaster 44.9%
Huddersfield 41.0%
Harrogate 31.3%
Leeds 31.1%
York 30.7%
Wakefield 30.3%
Halifax 24.3%
Barnsley 21.9%
Bradford 21.5%
Scunthorpe 20.7%

Top 10 Towns & Cities for Non-essential Retail

Leeds 122.7%
Harrogate 110.0%
Scunthorpe 50.0%
Wakefield 50.0%
Grimsby 50.0%
Huddersfield 50.0%
York 41.3%
Sheffield 18.5%
Halifax 12.5%

The 5 Most Lagging Towns & Cities for Footfall

Kingston upon Hull 18.6%
Grimsby 18.7%
Sheffield 18.8%
Rotherham 19.2%
Scunthorpe 20.7%

The 5 Most Lagging Towns & Cities for Non-essential Retail

Halifax 12.5%
Sheffield 18.5%
York 41.3%
Grimsby 50.0%
Huddersfield 50.0%

Community Vision is a platform that provides high-street usage insights to public health, town centre managers and economic development officers in local government across the UK. The product offers accurate footfall measurement data for the council area on a daily basis. It also provides breakdown of how that footfall is distributed across the area. Click here to discover more!


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