The BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor (FVM) gathers data on customer activity in town and city centre locations, and in out-of-town shopping locations, throughout the UK using the latest generation automated technology.

The FVM is the first authoritative measure on retail footfall across both town centres and out-of-town locations, and records approximately 120 million footfall counts per week at over 400 different shopping locations in 152 towns and cities across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The FVM covers the main centre in each nation/region and a representative sample of secondary and smaller town centres.

Every quarter, the FVM reports national vacancy rate figures.