The improving weather last week encouraged shoppers to visit retail parks with footfall up 3% week on week, according to research provided exclusively to Drapers by research firm Springboard.
However, overall the number of people hitting the shops in the seven days to March 2 fell 1.1% against the week before.
Springboard found that the drop in shoppers was felt more at shopping centres, with overall footfall down 2.5%, compared to 2% at high streets.
Year on year shopper numbers rose 1.6%, with retail parks enjoying a 4.4% rise in footfall, compared to 1.6% for the high street and a fall of 0.6% at shopping centres respectively.
The research found that the east of England recorded the worst drop in week-on-week figures, with footfall down 5.3%. Wales enjoyed the strongest climb, with a 5.9% rise in visitors.
Marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle said: “The warmer weather in comparison to previous weeks has encouraged shoppers back to outdoor locations with a 2.2% rise year on year supported by strong performances in both the high street and retail parks.”