Retailers took advantage of the multiples having to close on Easter Sunday by catering for distress purchases, and also held street parties on 29 April to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
Booker said it had experienced record April demand for buns, burgers and ice, as well as its biggest-ever week for fresh produce.
"All drinks saw massive growth in the lead up to the Bank Holiday," added Steve Fox, sales director for retail at Booker. "Key summer lines such as lager, cider, rosé and sparkling wine saw huge uplifts."
Makro reported strong demand for beers, wines, spirits, meat and disposables. "We saw strong growth across all areas over Easter this year when compared with Easter 2010, with sales in general well ahead of year-to-date performance," said Huw Edwards, Makro UK offer management director.
Paul Cheema, who runs a Costcutter store in Coventry, said he had his best Good Friday in three years. "We catered for impromptu BBQs and the traditional roast dinner, but the BBQ appeared to be the preference. Limes, ice and impulse snacks performed better than expected."
Nisa-Today's added that there had been an upsurge across ambient, chilled and frozen food lines, while Bestway reported increases across the board.