British households carried on spending as last month’s heatwave encouraged consumers to splash out on barbecues and paddling pools, despite budgets being squeezed.

Total retail like-for-like sales rose by 1.2pc in June compared to the month before, according to the British Retail Consortium’s figures. Meanwhile, total sales lifted by 2pc.

Food sales continued to drive the retail growth, rising by 3.6pc on a like-for-like basis during the month as shop prices have climbed to cover the cost of a weaker pound.

Supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury’s have recently said that they have not seen a dip in consumer spending trends but have admitted that inflation is creeping back into the market, despite their efforts to negotiate with suppliers.

The big grocery chains are expected to perform better if there is another spending downturn as households will rein in their eating out habits in favour of saving money by buying food to dine at home instead.

However, while food inflation pushed up the value of food sales last month, non-food retailers also enjoyed a boost from the warm weather.

Non-food sales had their best…