According to recent data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK retail sales grew 0.7% in June compared to the previous month, beating expectations of a 0.2% increase.
The rebound in food sales, which had been disrupted by the coronation of King Charles in May, and the hot weather that saw temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius, boosted sales.
Despite the growth, inflation remains a challenge for many households, with prices rising by 7.9% over the past 12 months.
The increase in energy prices from July 1, however, is expected to give consumers more disposable income.
The data also shows that while the amount of money spent at retailers last month was 17.9% higher than before the COVID
-19 pandemic, the volume of goods bought was only 0.2% higher.
Food inflation has been especially high, with prices in June 17.4% above those a year earlier.
The first monthly fall in retail prices, excluding fuel, since January 2022 was also recorded, although the impact of higher Bank of England interest rates is still being felt.
Some economists predict a moderate tick up in retail sales over the rest of the year, but a greater rebound is expected to wait until the economy improves more broadly in 2024.
Other analysts, however, remain less positive and predict a recession in the second half of this year.