Shopper numbers were fell by 8.7% this weekend against the same weekend last year according to data from Experian.
Experian said the fall of 8.7% was a slight improvement on the previous weekend when shopper numbers dropped by 9.4%. It added that the week to date had shown a decline of between 10% and 15%. Experian warned that last week's figures would probably be the most disappointing in the pre-Christmas period.
Saturday saw a fall of 8.4% in shopper numbers versus the same day last year. Sunday saw a fall of 9.4% against the previous year.
Experian director Jonathan de Mello said: "As of last month there were at least 19 pre-pack administrations planned for the retail sector post Christmas, and three of these were major high street multiples. Given the direct Christmas retailers have had, this number is likely to rise considerably."
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