Like-for-like fashion sales grew by 7.8% in the week to 17 September, according to the BDO High Street Sales tracker.
The increase compares with a decline of 8.3% in the same period last year, when the high street was hit by mixed weather patterns.
A total of 76% of respondents reported positive like-for-like sales for the week, of which 46% saw double-digit growth.
Footfall was up by 1.5% for the week. Retail parks saw a 0.2% increase in footfall, while shopping centres continued to see a decline, falling by 2.6% during the week.
Regionally, footfall on the high street was up in all areas bar the West Midlands, which dropped by 4.8%, while shopping centre footfall was down in all regions, plummeting by 8.1% in the Greater London area.