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.

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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.