But other analysts warned that the retail sales figures, even with their seasonal adjustment, are volatile and should not be taken as a sign that the consumer is in good health.
Average UK prices slowed slightly in April, falling from 3.3% in March to 3.1%.
The Bank of England expects a shortfall in consumer demand this year which will be mostly offset by stronger exports and business investment.
United Kingdom retail sales gained more than expected in April as nice weather prompted Britons to splurge on their homes and gardens.
April's rise was a significant rebound compared with March, when sales fell 1.4%. The long-term unemployment rate stood at 4.1% of active population in Q1 2017, and it decreased by 0.1 percentage points compared to Q4 2016, and by 0.2 percentage points over the year-ago period.
A forecast earlier this week from the EY ITEM Club - which uses Treasury economic models - predicted that unemployment would rise to more than 5% next year as the UK's growth slowdown begins to bite.
The nicer weather particularly drove demand for hardware and household goods, the ONS said. However, department store sales were down by 0.9%.
Retail sales surged in April as sunny weather helped shoppers defy predictions of a slump triggered by Brexit-fuelled inflation.
The worse than expected earnings figure meant that real terms pay - adjusted for inflation - fell by 0.2% in the first three months of the year. Consequently, consumers are likely to cut back on some areas of discretionary spending over the next couple of years as they face higher bills for their regular household expenses. But in fact the figures beat expectations handsomely, with sales in April 2.3 per cent higher than in March and growing 4 per cent year-on-year. "We therefore remain of the view that the pace of GDP growth has further downside into the end of the year".
On the latest Burberry results: "The results today are in line with expectation, but what will be interesting going forward is how the creative director and acting CEO, Christopher Bailey, works with the incoming chief executive, Marco Gobetti".