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Supermarkets mounting 'slow but steady fightback'

Britain's supermarkets are mounting a "slow but steady fightback" as new industry figures showed a big jump in retail sales last month.

Retail like-for-like sales rose by 3.2% year-on-year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG, in the strongest growth since January last year. The period covers the five weeks to April 4 and was flattered by pre-Easter trading.

Supermarkets mounting 'slow but steady fightback'. Credit: PA

The gain is the third month in a row of retail sales improvement since a fall in December. Like-for-like sales lifted by 0.2% in February and January. Food sales were the strongest contributor to growth last month, experiencing their strongest trading since July 2013, as shoppers stocked up ahead of the holiday period

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