Shoppers continue to head out of town at the expense of other retail locations, with retail parks seeing more people for an 18th consecutive month.

So says the British Retail Consortium, whose BRC/Springboard Footfall Monitor recorded 2.8 per cent year on year footfall growth at retail parks in June.

Shopping centres and high streets both saw declines, of 2.4 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively. Combined, the three different types of retail location recorded in the research saw a drop of 1.5 per cent against June 2014.

The BRC said the fall in total shopper numbers — and specifically those visiting shopping centres and high streets — was down to a shift in consumer buying habits, suggesting that retail parks were benefiting from more freely available parking and stores that offered click and collect services.