The “summer slump” took a particularly heavy toll on high streets, with footfall across shopping areas falling by 2.9% during the period, up from a 0.9% decline in the same month last year- according to the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) monthly footfall tracker for the period from 26 May to 29 June.


In the six months to the end of June, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed 10 fines worth a total of £319.2m – more than five times the annual total for 2018 of £60.5m.