Sunshine lifts high street sales

Better weather lifted sales of clothing and footwear in June to give the British high street a welcome boost. Like-for-like sales rose 1.4%, following a 1.8% rise in May, the British Retail Consortium said.

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Early Ramadan boosts food sales

Worshippers attend Friday Prayers at Langley Green Mosque in Crawley, West Sussex. Credit: Chris Young/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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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