Britain’s shoppers stocked up on sausages and sun cream during the warmest July for seven years, helping to boost retail sales growth last month to a stronger-than-expected 1.1%.
In the latest piece of evidence that the economy is enjoying a summer bounce, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales increased by 1.1% in July, after a 0.3% rise in June, as the warm weather set the tills ringing.
The ONS said spending had been strong across a range of sectors, including food and clothing. “Feedback from supermarkets suggested that the sunny weather boosted sales across a range of products including food, alcohol, clothing and outdoor items,” it added.
Overall sales were 3% higher than in the same month last year – the strongest annual rise since the start of 2011 – while “predominantly food” stores saw a strong 2.5% jump in sales in the month.
The coalition is hoping that renewed consumer confidence, helped by the improving housing market, will underpin the economic recovery in the second half of this year, after GDP expanded by 0.6% in the second quarter.
via The Guardian
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