RETAIL footfall grew last month for only the third time this year with both shopping parks and high streets welcoming more people than in August 2015.

Footfall was up by 0.1 percent according to the British Retail Consortium’s monthly monitor, carried out by research consultancy Springboard.

High street footfall rose by 1.1 per cent, while retail parks — popular locations for furniture and floorcoverings retailers — were 0.4 per cent ahead.

An improving evening economy was attributed to the rise in high street numbers, with more people frequenting city centres after 5pm, according to Springboard’s insights director Diane Wehrle.

She said: “This highlights the growing evening economy based on leisure activities — hospitality, food and beverage trips — and is a result of a markedly improved and expanded offering by shopping destinations.”

Shopping centres saw 1.9 percent fewer people in August compared to the same month last year.

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