Consumers are making fewer purchases leading to a decline in the retail sector.
High Street sales may improve over the bank holiday season.
Retail sales in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) records first began in 1996.
Total sales were down by 1.9% from the same period last year with the BRC explaining that shoppers seemed reluctant to makes purchases "unless they really had to".
Sales of food and drink, homeware, electricals and clothing fell - footwear was the only area which experienced growth.
Internet sales also fell marking their slowest growth since records began in 2008.
Helen Dickinson, ...