According to shopper volumes analyst Footfall, numbers rose 3.3 per cent on last Saturday, compared with December 4. The rise slowed a little to 3.2 per cent on Sunday 12, compared with the previous Sunday.
Taken together, Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and December 12 was 3.2 per cent up on the previous weekend.
However, when compared with the weekend of December 13 and December 14 last yeas, footfall was down 3.6 per cent.
Footfall business planning director David Smyth said: 'The year-on-year results may seem a little disappointing, but don't forget that there are two more shopping days this year, so people are leaving their Christmas shopping a little bit later.'
Footfall provides regular weekly updates on UK retail footfall figures for retail-week.com's Market Data section, which can be found by clicking on the button on the left-hand side of the site.