Footfall Figures For Retailers ‘Another Good Sign For Sector’ Report Welcomed But Expert Reiterates Call For Calm 19.08.2013 By Rob Dixon Retailers have been urged by a legal expert to think carefully about how they approach the coming months, despite increasingly encouraging signs that the sector has well and truly turned the corner. Figures from the British Retail Consortium and Springboard have revealed that footfall at shopping sites across the country increased by 0.8 per cent in July compared to 12 months ago, which also marked a 0.1 per cent rise from June. The release of the research has come after Office for National Statistics figures last week showed retail sales across the month were up three per cent during July from a year ago, with the estimated weekly spend reaching an average of £7 billion. Andrew Walker, a Partner and expert in corporate recovery at Irwin Mitchell who manages teams in both the Leeds and London offices, said that the figures were positive but by no means a sign that retailers should overstretch themselves in the short term. He outlined: “It is fantastic to see more good news for retailers, with several reports indicating that consumer confidence is on the up and that shops are enjoying a strong summer. “However, it is also important to reiterate that businesses should not take this as a sign that the sector is truly out of the woods. We would urge companies to remain on the side of caution and ensure they are in a robust enough position to either take advantage of potential opportunities, or remain stable if tough times emerge once more. “This will be particularly important to seasonal businesses which rely on a strong summer but often see some dip across winter. They will need to keep funds in reserve as times get tighter, particularly as the positivity in the sector does not mean that requests for extensions on facilities will be easy to come by.” Read more about Irwin Mitchell's expertise in relation to Insolvency Key contact Andrew Walker Partner +44 (0)770 352 5419 Email Andrew Press contact Dave Grimshaw Press Officer 0114 274 4397 Email Dave Tags Insolvency Andrew Walker Leeds Related articles 20.03.2019Government Issues Recommendation for Leasehold Reform 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Recruits Hundreds Of Volunteers For Red Nose Day 2019 15.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Scoops Hat-trick At Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 13.03.2019Sheffield City Region Launches Global Innovation Corridor At MIPIM 2019 08.03.2019Irwin Mitchell Launches Women in Law Timeline 05.03.2019Does A Rest Break At Work Have To Be Continuous?