Retail sales rise as Britain goes BBQ crazy

Britain embraced the summer sun and spent more money in the shops Photo: CHROMORANGE / A. Shalamov/DPA/Press Association Images

When the sun came out, one of the things we were flashing - was our cash.

Across the retail sector there was a sunshine fuelled sales bounce..and how about this for a statistic...the amount spent at supermarkets was the highest since records began, nearly £3 billion a week.

Overall we were spending £7 billion a week last month. We went BBQ crazy!

  • Amount bought: up 3.0%. Compared with last year
  • Food bought: up 2.1%, highest for 2 years
  • Supermarkets: up 2.5% , compared with the previous month
Consumers spent more money on food as prices rose Credit: Daniel Maurer/DPA/Press Association Images

Helen Dickenson from the British Retail Consortium says: "These results today add to the signs we are seeing of a tentative recovery taking hold. UK retailers still face significant challenges, but the outlook is gradually improving.”

There maybe those signs of improvement, but for shops these figures also show prices rose 1.8% compared with July 2012, mainly due to food.

It's worth remembering that millions have not had a pay rise yet, so these figures are a further sign of the underlying relentless pressure on family's budgets.