The early timing of Ramadan has helped stimulate food sales, delivering high street retailers a much needed boost, the British Retail Consortium said.
Despite tough comparisons from last year, food sales are up, with drinks and ice cream sales increasing along with the temperatures.
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After a frosty start, southeastern areas will be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine developing. It will remain cold throughout the day.
Higher food and petrol prices are expected to send inflation to its highest level in 28 months when official figures are released later.