ONS said that between June and July the volume of sales jumped by 8%.
However Stephen Robertson director general of The British Retail Consortium said: "Few retailers will recognise this positive picture. There is no evidence that fundamental conditions are improving for customers or retail businesses.
It’s hard to see what could produce the sales-growth boost ONS are reporting or their finding that smaller retailers are outperforming larger ones.
We respect the ONS’s process but this report doesn’t seem to reflect the current retail reality."