Store discounts give the high street a sales boost

Offers and discounts have tempted shoppers into stores giving the high street a sales growth in May, figures have shown.

Online spending helped businesses to shift stock left over during a weather-hot slump the previous month, meaning like-for-like sales were up 1.8% on the same period in 2012.

Sales boost for may, following a slump in April Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Consumers opted to invest in home improvement with sofas, flat-packs and bedroom furniture leading the way.

The figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) come after April saw sales fall at their fastest rate for a year.

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Discounts boost shop sales

The high street bounced back to sales growth in May as offers and discounts tempted shoppers into stores, figures show.