Footfall on Liverpool’s high street is up this year so far – despite reports of a retail downturn nationally.
According to the Liverpool BID Company, the city has enjoyed a 6.7% year on year increase from January to July compared to the same period in 2017.
Nationally the high street has been in decline with figures showing a 2.7% drop so far this year compared to Liverpool’s favourable results.
The BID Company says the increase in visitors is being driven by the “diverse and booming retail and leisure offer in the city centre”, citing independent retailers on Bold Street, the national brands of Church Street, St Johns Shopping Centre, Clayton Square and Williamson Square, and the boutique shops at Metquarter.
Bill Addy, chief executive of the Liverpool BID Company, adds: “It is incredible to see Liverpool bucking the national trend and reporting such positive results.
“What is particularly encouraging is when you consider that these figures come during a period of real disruption for our retailers and visitors alike, including the closure of Lime Street station and various strike action affecting both our bus and train networks.”