Like-for-like fashion sales across the high street rose 2.7% in April, the strongest monthly performance since last July.
Young fashion and footwear were the strongest performers, according to the BDO Stoy Hayward High Street Sales Tracker, while the formalwear category was weaker.
Total high street like-for-like sales in April rose 1.7% compared to last year, with good weather and discounting helping to boost trade.
The overall figures were boosted by demand for seasonal fashion ranges, as well as gifts and luxury items thanks to the Easter calendar shift.
BDO Stoy Hayward head of retail Rupert Eastell said: “A second consecutive month of positive like-for-likes is, without a doubt, very encouraging. It would seem that, despite the gloomy headlines, consumers are adjusting well to the harsher economic environment and retailers are being very shrewd at stimulating demand. Although we still expect conditions will remain very challenging in the coming months, underlying demand does seem to have picked-up”.