UK retail sales were up 1.9% by volume and 3.1% by value in May, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Non-food stores posted volume growth of 2.2% and 2% by value, with department stores recording increases of 1.2% and 0.1% respectively, while textile, clothing and footwear volumes rising 1.1%, increasing 2.1% by value, and prices rising 1%.

Some 10% of textile, clothing and footwear sales came through the internet, the ONS added.

The figures showed a similar trend to those released two weeks ago by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

“Optimism is gradually returning and the ONS have confirmed the good sales trend we saw in the BRC figures earlier this month,” said BRC director general Helen Dickinson.

“UK retailers have had to work hard to respond to the volatile weather and economic challenges, but the signs are that their promotional activity has been paying off.

“Customers remain price-conscious, but have been responding well to the good deals that are available.”

Jon Copestake, retail analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, highlighted the “more modest” growth from clothing retail, adding: “Equally, the the overall rise is not necessarily good news for the high street.

“Online sales grew by 10.3% year on year, while non-store channels including online, market stalls and mail order grew by 19.1%,” he said.