Strong Black Friday sales helped tills ring in November – a crucial Christmas trading month that Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley had described as “the worst in living memory” for the high street.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported sales volumes growing by 1.4% compared to the previous month and by 3.6% on an annual basis.
Economists had been expecting a month-on-month figure of around 0.3% – given some warnings in the retail sector that Black Friday promotions had largely left consumers – anxious about the outcome of Brexit – feeling cold.
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