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'Biggest drop in shoppers' on the High Street in a year

The High Street has suffered the biggest drop in shopper numbers in almost a year, as heavy rain and tight consumer budgets after Christmas added to a retail slump, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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High Street shopping slumps to 'lowest in a year'

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.

January sales were behind the spike in shoppers at the beginning of the year, the BRC said. Credit: PA

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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