Internet, mail-order and phone sales in June were 16.8% higher than a year ago, also benefiting from the heatwave and clearance sales.
Stephen Robertson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: "June's sunshine gave overall sales a much-needed boost.Many clothing clearance sales coincided nicely with the upsurge in demand for summer wear that came from the good weather.
Helen Dickinson, Head of Retail, KPMG, added :“Although overall sales performance continues to be driven by food, many non-food retailers had a better month in June. This was certainly true in clothing as a result of some early sales and promotions which benefitted children's clothing and footwear in particular. The gap between total sales performance and like-for-like continues to narrow, highlighting the reductions in new store openings in the current environment. Two years of negative like-for-likes at store level for many retailers is putting severe pressure on cash and profits.”