By Daniel Hunter

Retail footfall was up 0.2% in March, compared with last year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The BRC said March's footfall was a 0.5% increase on February and above the three month average of -0.5%. It means footfall saw its best performance since March 2014.

The High Street was the the only location to report a decrease, with footfall falling 1.4%. In comparison, out-of-town locations and shopping centres up 3.8% and 0.4% respectively.

Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: "These results show the ongoing transformational change in the retail industry with the blurring lines of physical and digital making these figures difficult to read in their monthly isolation. Nevertheless, these are encouraging footfall results.

“Out-of-town locations led the way in March with its fifteenth straight month of footfall growth. This story was echoed in shopping centres which posted its largest rise in shopper numbers since January 2014. Considering that this is only the second time in the last two years that we have seen positive footfall growth in this category, retailers can view these results as promising. We can be very pleased overall with the month’s performance although it is important to note that these figures are largely driven by the timing of the Easter bank holiday."