January retail sales were boosted by shoppers tempted out with new year offers and promotions, new figures show.
The British Retail Consortium said like-for-like sales grew at the fastest rate since December 2011, up 1.9% on the previous year, as shoppers also bought televisions, tablet computers and smartphones.
BRC director general Helen Dickinson said that while sales suffered during last month's cold snap, it was short-lived and failed to cancel out the positive showing across the month.
More top news
Ministers are ready to reduce the waiting time for Universal Credit payments following an outcry from Tory MPs, it has been suggested.
Storm Brian will bring strong or very strong winds across southern and western parts of the UK
The spanish PM said he wants the country's senate to give him direct power to dissolve the Catalan government and call an election.