Sales heated up at the Dolphin Shopping Centre this summer, with stores seeing strong growth compared to August last year.

National high street tenants at the centre, including Next, 3UK and BHS, all saw an increase in sales on figures reported at the same time last summer.

Following its recent investment in a unit refit, 3UK has witnessed a mammoth 48 per cent growth compared to sales in August last year, with BHS and Next also reporting a sales increase of 16 per cent.

Commenting on their recent success, BHS store manager Simon Prager said: “With the weather being so good this year we have had a bumper summer. We have definitely seen a rise in sales for women’s wear and witnessed more women buying clothes for themselves. Our other concessions, including Wallis and Dorothy Perkins, have also performed very well.”

The centre also saw its busiest ever event this summer, when more than 1,000 children and their parents took part in an exciting mini excavation for its Jurassic Poole weekend in August. July’s extreme weekender – showcasing sporting skill and daring stunts – also attracted crowds to the centre.

Centre manager John Grinnell was delighted with the figures: “With the fantastic weather bringing people to the coast and growth in stronger consumer confidence, it’s been a brilliant summer for trade,” he said.

“Thanks to the creativity of our team, our events have proved especially popular this summer – and we’ll continue to work hard to make sure visiting the Dolphin Centre is a great day out for the family.”