Footfall fell by 1% on the year in May, as visitor numbers on the high street declined at the sharpest rate since last June.
New figures from Springboard show that after several months of growth, high street footfall dropped 2% in the four weeks to 27 May.
The negative trend in shopping centre footfall continued, with a drop of 1.3%, but there was better news for retail parks, which grew by 1.5%.
The overall decline was deemed “unsurprising” by Springboard marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle, who blamed the late Easter this year for a lull in May.
She added: “The drop in footfall was mirrored by a drop of -3.7% in UK sales as measured by Springboard’s sales index which tracks sales in bricks and mortar stores – with fashion spend in particular dipping in May.”