Retail sales increase 2.1% between April and May

Retail sales increased by 2.1% from April to May 2013, the Office for National Statistics said.

Data indicated that a 3.5% increase in food sales volumes was the main factor behind the overall rise.


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.