SOARING fuel prices have hit out-of-town shopping centres, new figures showed today.
A survey by business information group Experian reported a 5.8% fall in visitor numbers to out-of-town retail centres during the year to June.
That compares with a 1.5% decline in “footfall” for town centre traders over the same period.
Experian said that 282 non-food retail operators failed during the second quarter of the year against 226 for the same period in 2007.
At the same time, visits to retailers’ websites increased by 6.5% as people stayed at home to shop online and save on petrol.