In morning trading, M&S' share price was up 5.10 per cent, Next's rose 8.40 per cent and Associated British Foods' shares climbed 7.23 per cent.
Tesco's share price was up 3.50 per cent, Sainsbury's was up by 4.30 per cent and Morrisons' rose 2.12 per cent.
The rises come after two days of record-breaking falls and trading suspensions, with housebuilders suffering substantial losses. Several builders broke the London Stock Exchange's circuit breaker after falling by more than eight per cent at the open yesterday.
This morning, however, the FTSE 100 rose by two per cent at the open to 6,099. Persimmon lead the index's risers, up 6.7 per cent, followed by Consolidated Airlines Group, up 4.45 per cent, and EasyJet, up 5.20 per cent.