"The weather encourages consumers to visit bricks and mortar destinations."

"The weather encourages consumers to visit bricks and mortar destinations."

The arrival of summer spurred greater shopper footfall in the majority of UK retail destinations in June, with high streets and retail parks seeing solid growth as shoppers headed out to renew their wardrobes.

The latest British Retail Consortium (BRC)/Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor found shopper numbers last month were up 0.8% on a year ago, marking a reverse on May's 1% decline. The result leaves it ahead of the three-month average of 0.5%.

Retail parks reported 2.3% growth in June, compared to a 1% decrease in the year-ago period. This comes after a 1.5% rise in May and is below the three-month average of 2.2%. High street footfall, meanwhile, rose 0.9% on the previous year's rate of -3.7% and is 5 basis points above the three month average of 0.4%.

Diane Wehrle, Springboard marketing and insights director, says the June results, however, showed a 1.6% drop in sales at department stores and a decline of 2.3% at fashion stores.

However, she says sales do present a very varied picture, dependent on the breadth of the measure used and inflationary pressures which push sales values up.

"The uplift in footfall in June, compared with the -1% drop in May, and its divergence from sales, can be attributed to a number of factors. The weather was far better than in June last year, which encourages consumers to visit bricks and mortar destinations, particularly external environments such as high streets and retail parks.

"Also in recent months, we have seen rising footfall in the hours after 5pm, illustrating the trend in consumer behaviour towards leisure trips after retail trading hours, demonstrated by the rise in hospitality sales of +0.3% in June.  In June, however, the better weather supported the increase in footfall during daytime hours. Indeed, the cumulative impact of both these factors accounts for the weaker footfall performance in shopping centres compared with high streets and retail parks."