Like-for-like retail sales in January were up 1.9% on the previous year, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium.
For the three previous months:
- In December, total UK sales were up 1.5% on last Christmas
- In November, like-for-like sales rose by 0.4% in value on the year
- October's UK retail sales were 0.1% lower than in 2011.
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