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High street shops saw a like-for-like sales fall of 2.2% in April due to the bad weather, making it the fastest fall in a year.
Latest figures for May saw consumers take advantage of clearance sales to pick up bargain knitwear, with perfumes and cosmetics sales boosted by promotions and discounts.
The recent sunny weather has boosted sales of barbecue meats, salads and ice creams and swimwear.
David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, which compiled the data, said: "While sales didn't soar through the roof, this is still a very creditable performance from UK retailers. Promoting the right product at the right price made the difference in May."
The British Retail Consortium director general Helen Dickinson said retailers had contended with changeable weather patterns with a good result as the outcome. She said:
Offers and discounts have tempted shoppers into stores giving the high street a sales growth in May, figures have shown.
Online spending helped businesses to shift stock left over during a weather-hot slump the previous month, meaning like-for-like sales were up 1.8% on the same period in 2012.
Consumers opted to invest in home improvement with sofas, flat-packs and bedroom furniture leading the way.
The figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) come after April saw sales fall at their fastest rate for a year.