By Claire West

Footfall in May was 1.0% lower than a year ago, down from the 0.8% fall in April. This was below the three-month average of -0.5.

Both High Streets and Shopping Centres reported a decline, falling 1.5% and 2.0% respectively.

Footfall in out-of-town locations fared the best with a 1.4% increase year-on-year, an improvement on the 0.5% rise in April and a continuation of its positive trend.

Three regions reported positive footfall growth, with the greatest rises seen in the East and Greater London.

All three nations reported a decline in footfall in May, with Wales reporting the most notable fall (-4.3%), significantly below the UK average.

Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: "The pace of change in the way we shop shows no sign of slowing. In fact, today's figures show the rate of decline in shopper numbers on our high streets and in shopping centres has slightly increased. Local government, town centre managers and retailers will need to continue to work together to refine their high street offer and give customers practical, positive reasons to return.

It's vital that central government plays its part too. Retail can have a crucial role in delivering the Chancellor's ambitious northern powerhouse. But with shopper numbers in decline across the north, there is some distance to travel before our contribution will be realised. The BRC continues to ask the Chancellor to call time on the current business rates system which is stifling retailers ability to invest. If he takes bold action on rates in his upcoming Budget, a crucial barrier to retailers driving growth in the north and across the rest of the UK, will finally have been removed.