The pulling power of shopping mall food courts remains undimmed according to new research by CGA Peach.

Its analysis of the country’s leading malls shows big name malls such as Manchester’s Trafford centre can attract around three million adults in the last six months.

The new research follows the 2012 peach BrandTrack, which found more than half of those polled had visited at least one of the country’s top 18 malls, and over 60% of those visitors had also eaten at one of those centres in the previous six months, meaning more than one in three out-of-home diners were eating out at the major malls.

The latest analysis shows a slightly smaller proportion claiming to visit any of these malls in the last six months, which Peach puts down to both changing in retail habits and the impact of new and revitalised centres. One of these, Leeds Trinity, comes in at number 14 in Peach’s league table with 2.7% of the population having visited in the six months up to July.

But the Trafford Centre leads the way by some distance with 6.5% of the sample having used the mall in the last six months, equating to three million adults aged between 18 and 80.

Peach said the centre’s pulling power as a leisure destination is strengthened by its extended trading hours to 9pm on a Saturday and calls it “the most powerful mall in the country for foodservice”.

Top 10 most visited shopping malls

1 Trafford Centre 6.5%

2 Westfield London 5.5%

3 Bullring 5.4%

4 Manchester Arndale 5.1%

5 Westfield Stratford 4.8%

6 Meadowhall 4.5%

7 Bluewater 4.3%

8 Liverpool One 4.1%

9 MetroCentre 3.8%

10 Lakeside 3.6%