Food sector performance boosts overall retail sales

The Office for National Statistics said the amount spend in the food sector increased by 3.4% in April 2013 compared with the same month last year.


Amount spent on food in the #retail sector in May 2013 up by 3.1% compared with May 2012 #ONS

The same figure increased by 2.1% in April compared to May this year.

"Feedback from retailers suggested that promotions on summer ranges led to this increase in sales," the ONS added.


Retail sales hit record levels

Retail sales hit record levels in May with an annual increase of 1.9%. There has also been a larger than expected increase in monthly sales, up 2.1%, as sales rebounded from an unseasonably cold April.