Food and online sales contributed the most to the rise in retail figures, the Office for National Statistics said.
- Food sales increased by 2.1 % their biggest rise since April 2011
- Supermarkets said the sunny weather saw customers buy more food, alcohol, clothing and outdoor items
- Sales on 'none store retailing' driving growth
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