Store traffic in the U.K. saw its second consecutive quarterly 2 percent decrease year-on-year in October, according to Springboard, a provider of retail data and analysis. This marks 11 straight months of steady decline. Springboard advances two explanations: first, a tendency among consumers to wait for Black Friday and holiday discounts to make their purchases; second, the shift from brick-and-mortar sales to e-commerce. Indeed, shopping malls suffered the greatest decline, with September's 2.5 percent drop in traffic worsening to 3.3 percent for October. The decline in this metric has now lasted 19 straight months. On high streets, footfall is down 2.3 percent, in a third straight month of decline. Retail parks, which have lately expanded their offering of fashion stores, also showed a decline.