Footfall figures for May fell by 3.6% month on month and 3.4% year on year as shoppers stayed at home to enjoy the warm weather.
According to research company Experian the Saturday and Sunday before the May Day bank holiday saw year on year shortfalls of over 3% on both days, with Monday falling a by 15.8%.
The second bank holiday at the end of the month also saw a year on year retail traffic decline of 16.9%.
The end of May saw similar year on year decreases as a result of comparison against the retail traffic witnessed during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year.
Regionally, only Scotland and Northern Ireland saw footfall increases. Scotland’s index rose by 0.1% month on month and Northern Ireland grew by 2.1% year on year.