18 April 2016 - Janet Bird
Cold weather in the weeks before and over Easter kept shoppers indoors and led to a fall in retail footfall.
Data from the British Retail Consortium and Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor showed the number of visitors to the UK's high streets and shopping centres during the month of March was down 2.7 percent on the same period the previous year.
While the fall is, in part, due to Easter falling so early this year compared to 2015, cold and wet weather also played a part in keeping the normally hardy British shopper indoors.
And Brits have stayed away from the shops in the early part of April too. The figures show a 3.9 percent decrease in retail footfall for the five weeks to April 2 2016.