The number of shoppers walking through the doors of High Street shops has slumped to its lowest level in a year, the British Retail Consortium has found.
The trade association blamed wet weather and tight, post-Christmas budgets for the low numbers.
Retail footfall slumped by 5.3% across high streets in February - the worst result since March 2013.
However, the number of shoppers only fell by 2.9% across the entire retail sector but this was a reversal of the 1.6% hike reported in January due to the clearance sales.
Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at Springboard, said: "It is clear that the exceptionally rainy weather in February impacted on our retail destinations."
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