The number of sites in retail areas run by multiple restaurant groups increased 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013, with Tex-Mex/American-themed and restaurant/bar hybrid venues seeing the fastest proportional growth, according to new research seen by M&C Report.

However, for pub groups there was a decline of 1.3% compared to Q4 2012; the figures relate to sites operated by groups with five or more units.

The research from the Local Data Company for PriceWaterhouseCoopers - which look at units located in high streets, retail parks and shopping centres across Britain - also shows an increase in the number of sites run by multiple cafe or fast food groups (+2.1%) and accommodation operators (+5.3%).

The type of restaurant that saw the fastest proportional growth was Tex-Mex (+22%), followed by American (+17%) and restaurant/bar hybrids (+21%).

There was also strong growth among Portuguese (+11.2%) and Italian (+4.3%) restaurants, but a decline among their British (-12%) and Spanish (-15%) counterparts.

The figures show that the leisure industry is outperforming the overall retail market.

The year-on-year increase in units run by multiple leisure operators was 1.45% in the fourth quarter of 2013, more than three times the growth for retail as a whole (+0.41%).