Warm weather and the royal wedding helped see retail sales soar in May according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Sales beat expectations last month, with year-on-year sales volumes rising by 3.9%, up from 1.4% in April. The ONS figures, which cover the period from 29 April to 26 May, show the value of retail sales rising by 6.3%.
According to the ONS average temperatures in May were up to two degrees higher than the average for 1981 - 2010.
The proportion of online sales as a percentage of the total retail sales in the UK continued to rise, standing at 18% of all UK spend. Online spend on clothing and footwear rose to 17.6%.
The rate of growth in online clothing purchases has, according to the ONS, increased in recent months: “From mid-2017, the proportion of online spending within clothing stores has grown at a much faster rate, from 14.7% in March 2017 to 17.6% in May 2018, showing that consumers are purchasing more of their clothing items online in recent months.”