Hot weather prompted a surge in retail sales last month, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium.

High-street sales jumped 5.7% in total and 3% in stores open at least a year. Items in particular demand included ice cream, food suitable for barbeques, alcohol, clothes and sandals.

The BRC welcomed the boost, but advised caution. “The better-than-expected increase in retail sales is obviously good news, but no one should be too excited about one month’s figures in isolation,” warned director general Bill Moyes.

“Consumer confidence is still fragile and is only starting to improve. The warm weather boost has its limitations.”

Data sourced from: BBC Online Business News (UK); additional content by WARC staff