Town centre sales hit as visitor numbers fall
Tuesday 7th August 2012, 3:33PM BST.
THE number of shoppers visiting the town centre has fallen compared to the same time last year, figures released on Monday suggest.
So far this year 304,442 fewer people have been recorded walking in King Street. The drop from 5,297,175 to 4,992,733 – recorded by a motion sensor outside Voisins department store – represents a 5.75 per cent reduction.
The sensor, which was installed in January 2011, does not distinguish between individual shoppers – with the result that a person who walks past several times is counted more than once – but is designed to help to measure footfall trends.
Town centre manager Richard Mackenzie, who collates the figures, said that the decline could be attributed to several factors, including the global economic situation, a drop in tourists coming to the Island and bad weather.
Full story in Tuesday’s JEP