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Footfall in February fell by 2 percent, a significant decline compared to the previous year where it fell by 0.2 percent, reveals the latest BRC–Springboard figures.

Last month represented fifteenth month of consecutive decline and weakest February in five years.

High Street footfall declined by 1.9 percent, marking seven consecutive months of decline and a deeper decline relative to the previous year when footfall fell by 1.2 percent.

Retail Parks footfall declined by 0.8 percent, a sharp decline on last year when it grew by 1.4 percent. The East Midlands and Wales experienced notable growth in this shopping location of 3 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

Shopping Centre footfall declined by 3.4 percent, a deeper decline than last year’s fall of 0.9 percent. No region experienced growth in this shopping location in February.

“Consumers have been cautious in their spending, leading to the biggest drop in February footfall for five years. These figures echo the month’s poor Retail Sales figures, which saw weak growth, particularly in bricks-and-mortar stores,” said Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium.