England’s World Cup Fortunes vs. Retail Sales

Michael Giberson

Apparently, people elsewhere are actually watching this World Cup thing.

Problems faced by retailers emerged yesterday in figures from retail analysts Footfall, who measure shopper numbers.

These show the numbers visiting department stores last week fell by 24per cent compared to the week before. The figure was 3.2per cent down on the same period last year.

Across the high street, the week on week fall was 10.6per cent, while the numbers were down by 8.2per cent on the same time last year.

Shopper numbers collapsed on Saturday afternoon at the time that England kicked off their match against Paraguay. (Daily Mail)

The article continues by saying “stores are dreading the possibility that England will go a long way in the tournament, so keeping people out of the high street.” They needn’t worry. While England has already secured a spot in the next round, the way they have been playing that’s about all they will get.