Intu, the shopping centre landlord, has reported continued improvement in retailer demand with 44 new long term leases agreed for £7m new annual rent, 10% above previous passing rent and in line with valuation assumptions, in the year to date.

Signings in the period include 15 new restaurant lettings across the portfolio such as Byron, Joe’s Kitchen and Zizzi at Intu Derby, Wagamama and Coast to Coast at Intu Trafford Centre and Five Guys at Intu Braehead.

The company said that its UK development pipeline currently comprised of a £42m restaurant and mall refreshment project at Intu Victoria Centre and a £19m cinema and restaurant extension at Intu Potteries, which are both on target for openings in autumn 2015.

It is also working on the extension of the Qube dining area at Intu Metrocentre with 14 new restaurants and the Queens Gardens project at intu Bromley with five new restaurants, with both due to be completed in early 2016. Letting is almost complete with one unit remaining at each site.

The company said all but one centre now has high quality Wi-Fi installed.

David Fischel, chief executive, said: “The continuing improvement in the letting market and overall performance at centre level are encouraging. We are moving forward strongly on a number of fronts and particularly with our active development projects both in the UK and Spain.”