Retail sales and orders on the High Street grew at a much faster pace than expected in September, according to the CBI.
The CBI's latest Distributive Trades Survey also found that the rate of growth is expected to continue into October.
The survey of 119 retailers in the UK showed that sales volumes were well-above the average for the time of year, to the greatest extent since April 2007. Nearly two-thirds (60%) said sales volumes were up in September compared with just 11% who said they had fallen.
Orders placed on suppliers grew at the quickest pace since December 2010 and are expected to strengthen further next month.
Growth was broad-based across retail sectors, with the largest drivers being grocers and clothing. Elsewhere, internet sales volumes slowed slightly in the year to September, but are set to pick up somewhat in October.
Growth in sales volumes for wholesalers eased in the year to September, while motor traders reported their strongest growth since June 2014.
Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Director of Economics, said: “As the summer has been drawing to a close, consumers have been out on the high street boosting sales and orders for UK retailers.
“Low inflation and the recovery in wage growth are helping to stimulate consumer demand, but the slowdown in the global economy and tight margins mean retailers won’t get ahead of themselves as we head into autumn.
“Clothing and the food and drink sectors have led the way, and with the general outlook for the UK economy remaining positive, the expectation is that there will be further encouraging results next month.”