According to Footfall, shopper numbers increased 2.8 per last week compared with the previous week. Year-on-year footfall was up 2 per cent.
Department stores in particular benefited from England's exit from the World Cup on July 1 - with footfall up 10.5 per cent week on week and 4.9 per cent year on year.
In June, shopper numbers fell 5.6 per cent as a result of both the warm weather and World Cup.
Footfall spokeswoman Natasha Burton said: 'July has begun promisingly for retailers and they will be keen to sustain this momentum as the holiday season begins. Retailers will now be focusing their attention on capturing consumer demand for seasonal products such as sun cream.'