UK retail sales rose by 0.2% in June from the month before, helped by department store discounts.
The Office for National Statistics said the figure meant sales were up 2.2% from a year earlier.
June’s modest rise compares with May’s strong growth of 2.1%, but will add to hopes of UK economic revival.
The current heatwave is also boosting hopes that retail sales growth will continue. Analysts said the good weather would help consumer confidence.
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