The gretail and footfall consultant compiles the Retail Traffic Index (RTI), which is derived from the number of individual shoppers entering more than 4,000 UK non-food retail stores.
In September the RTI fell 1.7 per cent on September 2013 slowing the recent rate of recovery. This was alongside footfall levels dropping by 7.4 per cent month-on-month.
In garden centres, September was ariund eight per cent up at Garden Centre Association centres. Outdoor plant sales were 15 per cent up, as were sundries, while furniture and BBQ sales were 20 per cent up. Watering did well, but clothing was one of the worst performing categories, reflecting record temperatures during the month.
The usual seasonal dip in footfall, following the end of the summer holidays and back to school campaigns, was exaggerated by the enduring warm summer weather. The fashion and footwear sector suffered the worst, with footfall levels down 4.3 per cent on September 2013.
Ipsos director Dr Tim Denison said: "The fashion and footwear the sectors are the most susceptible to varying weather conditions.
"At this time of year, consumers are usually out shopping for winter boots, jumpers and coats to equip them against falling temperatures and wet weather. The warmer climate that we have enjoyed through to the last week of September has delayed such behaviour this year, which has unfortunately penalised performance in the sector."
Footfall over Quarter 3 as a whole was down 1.9 per cent on the same period in 2013, making it the worst quarter of the current year so far.
Footfall change: September 2014 vs September 2013 ??
Scotland & Northern Ireland -1.3%?
North of England +1.6%?
The Midlands -2.9%?
South West England & Wales -3.1%?
South East England & London -2.8%?
Footfall change: September 2014 vs August 2014?
Scotland & Northern Ireland -10.9%?
North of England -0.5%?
The Midlands -5.7%?
South West England & Wales -13.5%?
South East England & London -10.2%
Footfall change: Q3 2014 vs Q3 2013
Scotland & Northern Ireland +0.5%
North of England +0.2%
The Midlands -1.5%
South West England & Wales -4.6%
South East England & London -3.2%