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London retail sales boosted by good weather

Like-for-like retail sales in London rose 4.7% in June thanks to the warm weather.

Clothing and footwear sales also benefited from discounting and Sales, according to BRC/KPMG’s London Retail Sales Monitor. The sales increase bucked the overall trend in the UK which saw an increase of 1.4% in June.

The figures also showed that footfall in central London in June was up on last year.

The BRC added that the sterling’s weakness against the euro had continued to attract international visitors to the capital, especially from Western Europe. However, it added that tourists were more cautious with their spending.

BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: “Sunshine and sales helped boost London retail sales. Footfall in the capital was well up on a year ago, as shoppers sought out summer clothes, sandals and other goods.”

“The pound’s weakness against the euro continued to attract shoppers from western Europe. And sales in the capital were also helped by Middle Eastern visitors. Although individual tourists have become more cautious, there are more of them which produced sales gains.”

For the three months from April to June, like-for-like retail sales in London rose 3.9%.

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