Shoppers have been flocking back to high streets and other retail destinations in some parts of the country more than others as lockdown rules were eased in England and Wales.

Across the UK, footfall climbed by 155.2% compared to the previous week though – partly blamed on wintry weather – the numbers were still 15.9% below pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to data from Springboard.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at the firm, said: “The first day of retail reopening was an amazingly positive result and one which finally offers retailers some positive news.

“The strong uplift highlights that consumer demand is higher than even forecasted and shows that bricks and mortar still holds a key position within the retail sector.”

Retailers are desperate to see a recovery in trade after the sector shed 67,000 jobs last year and lockdowns cost £27bn in lost sales, according to industry estimates.

Scenes of shoppers queuing outside stores will have gladdened those hoping for a bounce-back in trade, yet none of the regions of the country were able to recover to 2019 levels.

Yet some came closer than others. Here is a list of those regions from those that came closest to pre-COVID levels to those that remained well below them.

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North & Yorkshire -0.8%

People queue outside a shop in Liverpool, England, Monday, April 12, 2021, ahead of its reopening. Pic: AP
Image: Shoppers queuing in Liverpool. Pic: AP

East of England -4.6%

Shoppers queue outside Primark in Norwich as England takes another step back towards normality with the further easing of lockdown restrictions. Picture date: Monday April 12, 2021.
Image: Shoppers queued outside Primark in Norwich

East Midlands -7.5%

Shoppers walk past closing down discount signs in Nottingham as England takes another step back towards normality with the further easing of lockdown restrictions. Picture date: Monday April 12, 2021.
Image: Shoppers walk past closing down discount signs in Nottingham

South East -8.0%

South West -8.5%

West Midlands -9.3%

Early morning shoppers at Primark, in Birmingham, as England takes another step back towards normality with the further easing of lockdown restrictions. Picture date: Monday April 12, 2021
Image: Shoppers queued outside Primark in Birmingham

Wales -19.2%

Shoppers in Cardiff city centre. Picture date: Monday April 12, 2021.
Image: Shoppers in Cardiff

Greater London -21.2%

A shopper walks through the store during the reopening of the Selfridges on Oxford Street, London, as England takes another step back towards normality with the further easing of lockdown restrictions. Picture date: Monday April 12, 2021.
Image: A shopper at Selfridges in London

Non-essential retailers remain closed in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Scotland -47.7%

Northern Ireland -48%