Retails sales boosted by hot weather

16 August, 2013

Retail sales in the UK jumped by 1.1% in July from the previous month, boosted by hot weather.

The rise, reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), meant sales were up 3% compared with last year - the fastest annual rise since January 2011.

The ONS figures are based on a survey of 5,000 retailers around the UK.

Within the food sector, the quantity bought in July 2013 increased by 2.1% compared with July 2012. This was the highest increase since April 2011.





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