Total retail sales in the UK grew 3.6% for the month of August 2013, as against 1.6% rise last year.

Sales in home categories were the best performers, rebounding from July while food was the slowest category due to the tough comparatives during the Olympics last year, BRC said in the report.

Online sales of non-food products in UK jumped by 15% in August, which is being dubbed the best performance this year.

British Retail Consortium director general Helen Dickinson commented that the figures are nowhere near the July numbers but are above the 12-month average for sales growth.

Non-food items witnessed good growth on back of good ranges and appealing promotions by retailers, especially in back to school offers and items for the home. "The category’s performances both in-store and online measure up well against below par showings in August 2012, when shopping took second place to watching the Olympics for many of us," Dickinson added.

KPMG retail head David McCorquodale said this is a solid performance by retailers and demonstrates that confidence is slowly but surely returning to the UK’s high streets

"As summer fades to a close and the all-important approach to Christmas begins, retailers are turning their attention to their festive campaigns. However, if sales continue in this vein we should be optimistic that retailers will enjoy a reasonably healthy Christmas," McCorquodale added.