Clothing, footwear and textile retail sales outperformed the rest of retail sector in April, with sales volumes up 11.9%.
The total volume of retail sales rose 2.6% over the period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Retail Sales Index.
Non-specialised stores, including department stores, saw a 6% increase in sales volumes in April, the largest increase since February 2008.
Total retail sales by value were up 3% in April compared to last year.
For the three months to April, total sales volumes were up 0.7%, however, clothing, textile and footwear sales rose 8.9%. Retail sales by value were up 1.7% for the three month period.
The ONS figures for April were calculated using a changed methodology, resulting in a lower level of growth in the estimate of sales volumes