The UK high street saw an overall 8.6% year-on-year drop in footfall despite the warm May bank holidays, figures show.
According to Ipsos’ UK Retail Traffic Weathermap, London and the south east saw the sharpest decline with 13.3% fewer shoppers on the high street compared with the same period last year.
The Midlands saw a decrease of 9.3%, Scotland and Northern Ireland experienced a 7.9% drop. Northern England and south west England and Wales saw declines of 4.5% and 5.5% respectively.
Compared with last month, the overall footfall for the May dipped slightly by 1.4%.
London and the south east and Northern England were the only two regions to see increases compared to April, recording figures of 1.7% and 3% respectively.
The Midlands saw a 1.5% decline, while Scotland and Northern Ireland attracted 0.5% less shoppers than in April. South west England and Wales saw the biggest drop with 4.3% less people on the high street.