Lower shop vacancy rates and higher footfall, Scotlands high streets have reason to cheer.
For 9 months the footfall on the high streets in Scotland have seen an ongoing drop in customers visiting. However, with an increase in shops opening this has helped increase footfall in April by 0.7% whilst in England footfall fell by 0.5%.
Figures given to the BBC from Springboard and the Scottish retail consortium showed that the vacancy rate of shops which stood at 12% has dropped to 9.8% since January.
OFFiGO The High street boss Dave Preston welcomed the news. "when new shops open it gives more choice for shoppers to visit the high street, it also brings confidence to existing businesses when they see a previously closed shop reopening". He goes on to say "Footfall can go up and down each month based on a number of variables such as the weather or special events that are on at certain times of the year, a reduction in empty shops is the big news here lets hope this news gives other people the confidence to open up also"
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