The colder autumnal weather helped footfall edge up 0.5% last week compared to the same period last year.
The figures will come as a welcome relief to retailers who are battling against crippling business rates and tough trade.
Retail parks reported the biggest growth with footfall up 1.9% in the week to 29 September. While high street traffic rose 0.4%, it was a different picture of shopping centres which reported 0.8% drop in visitors.
There were stark differences in footfall figures across the UK. While Greater London stores experienced a 2.2% rise in traffic, footfall in the the east of England and the East Midlands fell by 4.2% and 4.5% respectively.