The high street and shopping centre footfall malaise continued in August though the floors of UK retail parks were trodden in greater numbers than last year.

So says the British Retail Consortium, whose BRC/Springboard Footfall Monitor recorded a 1.6 per cent decline in total retail footfall year-on-year.

Out of town retail parks — popular with many big-ticket retailers — were again the strongest performing of the different types of retail destination, with annual growth of 1.7 per cent on August 2014.

BRC director general Helen Dickinson said the figures — which despite growth showed retail parks to be also down on the three-month average (+2.5pc) — were a clear sign of a lacklustre month, though she cautioned the figures didn’t take into account the last two days of the month, including Bank Holiday Monday.

High street footfall was down 2.3 per cent while shopping centres were 2.8 per cent down on August 2014.