UK retail sales recorded a larger-than-expected rise last month, helped by a strong increase in food sales.
Sales rose 2.1% in May from the month before, and were up 1.9% from a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Supermarket discounts helped to boost food sales, which rose 3.5% from April, and online sales continued to rise.
Analysts said that the figures were further evidence that the UK economy was continuing to recover.
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