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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High street spending up for second month

High street retailers have enjoyed two months of increased consumer spending, according to the British Retail Consortium.

  • Like-for-like retail sales rose 1.4% in June on a year earlier
  • Like-for-like retail sales rose 1.8% in May

The figures lift hopes the retail sector can contribute to growth in the second quarter of this year, with gross domestic product (GDP) expected to rise by at least 0.5%.

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