Retailers await Rowling as Brexit hits footfall

Retailers await Rowling as Brexit hits footfall

Booksellers are hoping that the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child later this month will offset the negative impact economic uncertainty has had on footfall following the Brexit vote.

Figures from Springboard Research show that high street footfall nationwide was down 4.3% year on year from Friday 24th June to Sunday 3rd July, suggesting the referendum result had hit town centre visitor numbers. Figures from BDO’s high street sales tracker also revealed today (8th July) that like-for-like retail sales fell by -3.6% in the month of June. However, Nielsen BookScan figures show book...

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