Footfall for the week to 8 October was up 1.5% compared to the same period last year, as the colder weather spurred shoppers to invest in their autumn wardrobes.
High streets, shopping centres and retail parks were all up on last year, according to research firm Springboard. High streets achieved the greatest gain, moving from a drop of 0.5% last year to an increase of 1.8% last week.
Shopping centres were up from -2% to 0.2% and retail parks increased from 0.7% to 2.5%.
Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director for Springboard, said: “The autumnal weather and the first week post payday had a positive impact on footfall in retail destinations across the UK last week.
“There were subtle shifts in performance in high streets across the UK, with the North, Yorkshire and Scotland both moving from negative to positive territory, but then movement the other way for Wales and the West Midlands. Footfall in Northern Ireland’s high streets took a clear nosedive.”