Footfall across the board dropped in June to its ‘deepest decline’ since February 2014.

According to the latest retail footfall figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), total UK retail footfall was down by 2.8%, the fifth time in the last eight months footfall has fell more than 2%.

The High Street was the most hit with footfall down 3.7%, while Retail Parks also experienced a drop by 1% - its first decline since December 2013. Shopping Centre footfall fell 2.3%.

Breaking the data within Regions and Nations in the UK, nine out of 10 reported a decline in June, with Wales the only exception as footfall rose 0.9%. The West Midlands witnessed the sharpest fall by 5.1%, with London following behind with a fall of 3.6%.

Scotland and Northern Ireland reported a decline of 3.3% and 2.5% respectively, while the East of England (-2.5%), South East (-2.9%), South West (-2.2%) and the North & Yorkshire (-1.3%) all posted negative trends.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive, British Retail Consortium, said: “Despite today’s figures showing the deepest decline in footfall since February 2014, the same period has seen UK retail sales rise. June has seen many distractions from Euro 2016 to Wimbledon so heading out to the shops seems to have slipped down the priority list for many.

“The EU referendum will not have changed the in-store experience for customers and, crucially, the price of goods on the shelves. Now is a great time for shoppers as the summer sales begin in earnest following on from a record 38 months of falling shop prices.”

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