Shoppers turned away from UK high streets in droves last month, as footfall plummeted to its worst June figures for seven years.

Footfall at UK shopping hubs dived as they failed to attract visitors amid gloomy June weather, according to the BRC-Springboard footfall monitor.

Footfall across shopping across shopping areas fell by 2.9 per cent for the month, as the retail downturn accelerated from 0.9 per cent decline in the same month last year.

The high street was particularly badly affected, with visits sliding by 4.5 per cent, compared to a 0.1 per cent increase in June 2018 which had benefited from the Men's World Cup and sunny weather.

Shopping centres also saw significantly fewer visits, as footfall fell 2.4 per cent for the month.

The most stable shopping hubs were retail parks, which saw 0.1 per cent more visitors compared to the previous year.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: "Poor footfall this June led to a significant fall in the sales figures for the month.

"Last year's World Cup and glorious sunshine set a high bar, which 2019's slow consumer spending and Brexit uncertainty failed to live up to.

"High streets and shopping centres across the country need to invest in improving their consumer experience if they wish to see these footfall numbers reverse."

The latest figures also showed that footfall for the past three months to June decreased by 2.4 per cent, while the average footfall for the past 12 months was down 1.7 per cent.

However, June's decline represented a month-on-month improvement on May's figures, which saw footfall down 3.5 per cent on the same month in 2018.

The BRC revealed last week that high street sales in June fell by their biggest margin on record as shoppers sat on their hands over Brexit uncertainty.

Total sales fell 1.3 per cent in June - the worst June since records began in 1995, or 1.6 per cent on a like-for-like basis, according to the BRC and KPMG's monthly retail sales update.