LAST month’s footfall figures make “sobering reading for retailers” according to the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium.

Total footfall was down 2.4 per cent on April 2015, according to the BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor, which counts the number of people shopping the three main types of retail destination each month.

Helen Dickinson said the latest dataset provided “clear examples of the challenges that UK retailers face at the moment.”

She said: “Taken together, today’s figures tangibly demonstrate the impact of the structural change happening in our industry. It’s clear that retailers, local authorities and the Government need to redouble their combined efforts to mitigate the impact of this change on our high streets and town centres.”

Furniture retailers — most commonly located on retail parks — continued to see more shoppers than other types of stores, with out-of-town retail park footfall up 1.1 per cent on last year.

High Streets fared worst, down 4.7 per cent year-on-year, with Shopping Centres seeing 0.7 per cent fewer people compared to April 2015.

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