The squeeze on consumer spending is allowing fast food and value operators to increase their foothold in shopping centres across the UK, according to a new report.

The report from retail consultants Trevor Wood Associates, which monitored the changing line up in 500 shopping centres, found that fast-food operators and budget chains were increasingly moving away from their traditional high street location and into malls.

Costa Coffee, Greggs and Subway have all increased their presence in shopping centres since 2008, with bakery chain’s growth one of the biggest during the period, currently standing at 244 shopping centre outlets.

Trevor Wood, senior partner of the firm behind the research, said: “Retailers and shopping centre owners are simply providing what the public wants. What we’re seeing reflects what’s happening in the wider market.”