Over the last week of March, attendance at large shopping and entertainment centers in Moscow decreased by 11-14% compared with the previous one, researchers at Watcom Group wrote.
Despite this, the attendance of small shopping centers and stores increased by 6%. “This is due to the fact that the traffic in shopping centers“ near home ”is always higher. A slight increase in attendance is due to the strengthening of the ruble exchange rate and the fact that people are gradually coming out of their apathetic state, returning to everyday life and spending, getting used to the new reality. Many retailers are seeing some recovery. But at the same time, attendance in large shopping and entertainment centers, including those located outside the Moscow Ring Road, in the last week of March decreased by 11-14%. This is due to the fact that people go to such shopping centers mainly for entertainment: entertainment and leisure are precisely the categories on which Muscovites have begun to save money, ”explains Roman Skorokhodov, President of Watcom Group.
For the reporting week, the Shopping index added 0,68% compared to the previous week, while the decrease compared to the same period in 2014 is 6,54%.