Footfall was up at UK shopping centres and retail parks in July, according to research from the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC).

Footfall rose by 4.1 per cent with both in and out-of-town shopping centres seeing increases compared to June, of 3.4 and 2.3 per cent respectively.

Centres in Yorkshire and Humber reported the greatest increase of 9.3 per cent, followed by the South West with a 5 per cent increase and the North West with a 3.8 per cent rise.

The data was compiled by BCSC and FootFall,

“Our latest data is evidence that consumer confidence bounced back in the period following the Brexit result, with footfall rising across retail parks, town centres and out of town shopping centres,” said BCSC chief executive Edward Cooke.

“This reinforces our position that the retail property sector remains a strong asset class, with investors committed to continuing to enhance the retail experience to drive footfall – and with 90% of goods or services sold continuing to involve a physical shop in some way, even if the way customers use that store is changing.”

Retail spending in July was 1.9 per cent higher than a year earlier – the biggest rise in six months and up sharply from 0.2 per cent growth in June – according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The BRC attributed the rise to sales promotions and good weather.