The gloom on the high street is persisting, three separate reports have shown.

Releasing its monthly retail sales monitor, the British Retail Consortium said that like-for-like sales in August were 1% lower than August 2004 and over the last three months, sales were 1.2% lower than in the three months to May.

Meanwhile, latest figures from SPSL’s Retail Traffic Index have revealed that shopper numbers in August were down 0.7% year-on-year and 0.9% month-on-month.

And a separate report from commercial property consultants Colliers CRE found that rent for prime retail shops has increased by an average of 4% in the 12 months to May.