Retail footfall drops to seven-year low

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Visits to UK High Street stores fell to a seven-year low in June as poor weather combined with continued uncertainty around Brexit.

Footfall during the month was at its lowest for any June since 2012, having dropped by 2.9 per cent, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium.

It was also the second consecutive month in which footfall dropped in every UK region.

The figures follow a spate of recent bad news for brick-and-mortar retailers.

As previously reported, a separate report suggests that the majority of shopping will be conducted online within the next decade.

Research from Retail Economics found that 53 per cent of all purchases will be made online by 2028, eclipsing High Street retail.

The study also found that millennials are already spending an average of £110.45 each per month online.

Commenting on the footfall figures, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson said: “Poor footfall this June led to a significant fall in the sales figures for the month.

"Last year’s World Cup and glorious sunshine set a high bar which 2019’s slow consumer spending and Brexit uncertainty failed to live up to.”

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