Footfall figures recorded their deepest declines since February 2014 in June. The West Midlands, Greater London and Scotland were the areas worst affected.
Footfall fell by 2.8% for the five weeks to July 2 compared with the same period last year, according to the British Retail Consortium and Springboard footfall and vacancies monitor.
High streets witnessed a 3.7% fall during the month, followed by shopping centres at 2.3%. Footfall in retail parks fell by 1%, which was its worst performance since November 2013. It was the first time all three location categories registered a decline since December 2013,
“With such major political and economic news in June, it is unsurprising that there was drop in footfall of 2.8% across the UK, the poorest monthly result for more than two years and a marked worsening of performance since May, when footfall rose slightly by 0.3%,” said Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard.
“The results are shaped by a political and economic storm against a backdrop of rain downpours and generally inclement weather throughout the whole month.”