Footfall fell again in April as poor weather kept shoppers away from stores according to the British Retail Consortium.


Its BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor recorded a 3.3 percent slide last month, with declines across all three principal types of retail destination.

Retail parks — popular locations for furniture and flooring stores — were down 1.8 percent year-on-year, with steeper declines on both high streets (-4pc) and shopping centres (3.5pc).

"A wet start to April had a dampening effect on visits across the UK’s shopping locations adding to the long term downward in footfall resulting from changing consumer behaviour," said BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson.

The town centre vacancy rate widened to 9.2 percent in April, from 8.9 percent in January, the last time it was measured.