The number of shoppers in the UK took a tumble over the Bank Holiday weekend, when compared with the same time last year.

According to the latest report from Analysis firm Springboard, retail footfall fell by 3.3% over the three day period.

Footfall at shopping centres registered the largest drop at -6.7%, while figures from retail parks and the high street told similar stories with dips of 2.8% and 1.7% respectively.

Conversely, the results seemed to indicate a shift in shopping patterns from daytime to evening trips, with footfall at shopping centres in particular rising by 7.3% between 5pm and 8pm on Saturday, and even higher up to midnight.

Springboard’s marketing and insights director, Diana Wehrle, said: “These results indicate the growth in trips focusing on experience rather than trips purely to buy products, and the growth of the hospitality sector.

“Even the combination of the pay weekend, back to school shopping and bank holiday Saturday wasn’t enough to uplift footfall into positive territory.”