The agency noted that retail footfall was down to its lowest point since March 2013.

Footfall in high streets witnessed a drop of 0.6%, while out-of-town remained flat in August after a relatively strong performance over the last four months. In shopping centers, footfall saw 2.2% drop compared to a 2.3% decline in July.

All regions and nations reported a decline in footfall except North & Yorkshire, which reported positive footfall growth, up 0.1%.

British Retail Consortium director general Helen Dickinson said a slight fall in shopper numbers is disappointing after several months of positive results, but there are a few factors at play.

"We’re comparing against August 2012, when an Olympic influx in some areas pushed up the UK average, and it’s also possible that more of us took our holidays after electing to stay put for last year’s summer of sport.

"An overall drop masks widespread variations, with only Scotland and the North and Yorkshire showing a higher rate than the UK average. The latter region has the UK’s highest vacancy rate, so there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic this month," Dickinson added.

Springboard Retail Insights director Diane Wehrle said despite these dispoointing results, over the quarter footfall has been stable compared with the previous quarter when it dropped by 1.9%, and by 2.5% over the same quarter last year.