High Street footfall down 3.6% year-on-year

October's figures showed high streets suffered the worst drop, down 3.6% year-on-year. Credit: PA

Shoppers shunned the high street in increasing numbers in October as a decline in footfall worsened for the third month in a row.

Trips to high streets, shopping centres and out-of-town retail parks dropped by 2.9% compared to last year, after falling by 2.4% in September and 0.9% in August, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

A surge in shopping visits during the heatwave summer is now a distant memory, with last month's drop in footfall the worst since March, when unprecedentedly cold spring weather persuaded consumers to stay away from stores.

It is the latest sign of the struggles facing the high street after figures from the Office for National Statistics last week showed retail sales fell 0.7% month-on-month in October.