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January retail sales boost

January retail sales were up 1.9% on last year, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium.

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BRC: People were enticed by January sales offers

People were tempted out by offers and promotions but also treated themselves to full-priced and premium products early in January, particularly must-have technology items. These factors, coupled with recovering consumer confidence, have added up to a more successful January than we saw last year."

– Helen Dickinson, director general of the British Retail Consortium

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