The retail industry celebrated a bump in sales in November, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), but the business group warned that the sector is not "out of the woods" yet.
The CBI found 40 per cent of retailers reported a higher sales volume year-on-year in November, with 13 per cent saying volumes had fallen.
Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said the figures were a "solid start". However, he said it was too early to tell what would happen over the key Christmas shopping period.
Rain Newton-Smith, CBI chief economist, said: "It's great to see retail sales rebound this month after a big dip, but let's be clear: our high streets are not out of the woods.
"Ahead of the crucial run up to Christmas, the weaker pound pushed up prices and retailers are nervous about business conditions and are trimming their workforces."