Footfall in UK shopping centres was up 2.5% this Monday to Wednesday compared to the same days last year.

The numbers, from Experian Footfall, have failed to match those of the immediate post-Christmas rush, but comparisons are difficult because of Monday being a bank holiday this year, and shopper numbers that day consequently falling over 10%, possibly due to centres being open shorter hours.

Tuesday was up 2.2% while Wednesday was the star performer, with footfall up 16%. Analyst Anita Manan warned that more cold weather forecast may hit shopper numbers over the next few days, especially in the north and Scotland.