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Heavy discounting drives retail sales

High levels of discounting on the high streets and a number of promotions on petrol helped drive retail sales in July.

Retail sales volumes rose 0.3% between June and July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, defying expectations of a 0.1% fall.

Many shops have been discounting to attract customers. Credit: Press Association

The figure for June was revised significantly higher to 0.8% from a previous estimate of 0.1% after additional information was received from retailers.

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