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The latest figures from the British Retail Consortium and Springboard in their monthly footfall monitor show a 2 percent drop in foot fall to the UK’s stores.

According to the Retail Bulletin shopping centres saw a significant drop from 1 percent in September to 3 percent in October, with Greater London the only region to experience positive growth for the sector.

Diane Wehrle, Springboard marketing and insights director, said: “Both high streets and shopping centres are clearly under pressure, with footfall during retail trading hours dropping by more than 3 percent in each. And the fact that retail park footfall slipped into negative territory – even during daytime hours - whilst prior to November recording seven consecutive months of growth, is definitive evidence of consumers tightening their purse strings.”

Overall, the sharpest decline in footfall in October occurred in Northern Ireland, down 6.5 percent Scotland, down 3.3 percent and the South West, down 3.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the East was the only region to show growth in October at 1 percent. Helen Dickinson, BRC chief executive, said: “All shopping destinations saw shopper footfall ease back in October, which mirrors the month’s paltry sales performance. Even retail parks, which have continually bucked the trend until now, struggled to attract as many visitors as the previous year.”