UK footfall declined in February after a mixed month for retailers, according to data released today (27 March).

The UK National Index fell 2.4% in February, compared to the same month last year, global information company Experian found. Month-on-month, however, the footfall Index rose 7.6%.

The week commencing 18 February was only the second weekly increase year-on-year in 2013, suggesting the bulk of half-term holidays were taken during this week.

Experian UK & Ireland director Steve Richardson said: "We have seen varied fates for retailers during February with some very positive half-year results and at the other extreme more liquidations and closures."

"Industry commentators reported an uplift in sales in January with an outlook of an erratic increase in sales over the coming months, which would appear to be borne out in this month figures. We do not as yet appear to have seen a major impact on consumer spending after the downgrade of the UK credit rating from its AAA status," he added.

The Retail Park Index delivered a consistent year-on-year increase, reflecting consumers choice to shop at out-of-town locations.