High Street footfall rose in May delivering its best performance since July 2013.

According to the latest retail footfall figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the number of people on the High Street increased by 1.2%, better than the 4.7% decline in April.

Retail Parks footfall also grew by 1.2%, continuing its rise from 1.1% last month, while overall footfall for May was up by 0.3%, significantly above the three-month average rate of -1.7 per cent.

For second time this year shopping centres underperformed the high street, experiencing a decline by 2.1%.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive, British Retail Consortium, said: “With total footfall figures up and High Streets seeing a reversal in fortunes, today’s figures offer some respite from the relentless downward trend we’ve seen building in recent months.

“However, we know from our recent data that it’s online, rather than stores, that has driven May’s sales upturn. Footfall up and store sales down gives credence to the trend of an increasing use of the high street for leisure activities and the researching of purchases made online either later or on the move through mobile devices.”