5 February 2018 - Janet Bird
2017 was widely recognised as a very tough year for the high street, and the first month of the new year has done little to boost the spirits of hard pressed retailers.
Footfall dropped 6.6 percent in January compared to the same period in 2017 - the ninth consecutive month of falling shopper numbers, according to new data from Ipsos Retail Performance.
Ipsos' Retail Traffic Index, which is based on the number of shoppers entering over 4,000 non food retailers across the UK, revealed the picture was most gloomy in London and the South-East, which both saw footfall plunge 12 percent compared to January 2017.
However, heavy snow in Scotland and the North also affected shopper numbers, which fell by 5.3 percent compared to a year ago.