Retail sales rise as Britain goes BBQ crazy

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Britain embraced the summer sun and spent more money in the shops
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
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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.”

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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.