A surge in car parking income in a Northumberland market town could be linked to the recent opening of the Marks & Spencer Simply Food shop.
Council chiefs believe the opening of the store in Morpeth Market Place five weeks ago has contributed to an increase in takings from town centre parking fees.
If recent trends continue, Castle Morpeth Council's full-year parking income is on course to exceed the budget figure by £60,000 in March next year.
Town hall bosses say the increased numbers of people coming into the town to shop at the store has almost certainly played its part in generating the extra income.
Yesterday Coun David Parker, the borough council's executive member for corporate governance, said: "The reasons for the increased parking income are varied and complicated but it seems likely that the arrival of M&S has contributed to it."