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Retail sales jump in June

Clothing and footwear sales rose 11.3% in June helped by early discounting and good weather.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the volume of retail sales in June grew 2.9% against the same month last year.

The 11.3% increase was mainly driven by clothing sales.

Between May and June total retail sales volume increased 1.2%, with a 4.7% increase in clothing and footwear stores.

Over the three months to June total sales volumes were 1.3% higher on the year and 4.6% higher at non-food stores.

The jump in sales in June follows a sharp sales fall in May according to ONS.

Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium, said: “The official data confirms our findings that June’s retail sales were boosted by sunshine, promotions and discounts. But the wholesale turnaround in consumer confidence retailers are looking for remains elusive.”

“The BRC’s Retail Sales Monitor showed the heatwave helped food retailers. It also boosted clothing and footwear sales, which further benefited from early clearance sales coinciding with good weather. Outdoor goods, such as garden furniture, pools and picnicware, were also helped by the sunshine.”

“But fundamentally it’s still a picture of needs versus not-nows, with food retailers proving resilient while much of non-food retailing struggles.”

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