A third of retailers say that sales volumes are up year-on-year.
In the CBI's latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey, 33 per cent said sales volumes were up on a year ago, during the first two weeks of September. 27 per cent said sales had fallen.
Overall, sales volumes rose six per cent in the year to September. And in the year to October, retail expects faster sales growth of 15 per cent.
Judith McKenna, Chair of the CBI Distributive Trades Panel and Asda Chief Operating Officer, said: "It is encouraging that sales on the High Street have seen a slight rise in the year to September, and that retailers expect growth to pick up further next month.
"However, while the squeeze on family budgets may have eased in the short term thanks to the fall in inflation, ongoing economic fragility, reflecting uncertainty around the international outlook, could affect household spending later in the year."
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