18 July 2016 - Janet Bird
The sharpest decline in retail footfall for over two years has been blamed on wet weather in early summer and consumer uncertainty linked to the outcome of the EU referendum in June.
Research undertaken by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and retail intelligence specialists Springboard showed a 2.8 percent drop in footfall year on year for the five weeks ending July 2 - the biggest fall since February 2014.
High streets were hardest hit, with footfall down 3.7 percent compared to the same period during 2015.
Shopping centres saw a 2.3 reduction in footfall year on year for the period, while retail parks experienced a one percent fall.
The BRC said retailers needed to focus on delivering a great in-store experience for customers to drive up shopper numbers.