UK Retail Sales Grow in August

British retail sales rose surprisingly strongly this month and firms took on workers at the fastest pace in more than a decade, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed on Wednesday.

The reported sales balance in the CBI’s monthly distributive trades survey jumped to +27 versus economists’ forecasts for a rise to +19. That was the highest reading since last November.

The growth was broad-based, with sales of clothing, food and recreational goods performing particularly well, the CBI said.

The expected sales balance for September soared to +26, also the highest since November.

“The feelgood factor from the heatwave, summer sales, royal baby fever and sporting victories has helped boost the high street,” said Barry Williams who chairs the CBI distributive trades survey panel.

“A rise in spending is welcome news, but the bottom line is that confidence will not bounce back fully until family finances improve further.”

In the CBI’s quarterly survey, the reported employment balance improved to its highest level since May 2002, while the business situation index rose to its highest in three years.

via The Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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