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Summer sun boosts retails sales

A blast of summer sun at the end of last month triggered a surge in food and clothing sales, the British Retail Consortium has said. Retail sales by value were up 1.3% on a like-for-like basis, following a sharp 3.3% decline in the previous month.

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BRC: Women’s clothing sales were strongest of the year in May

UK retail sales by value were up 1.3% on a like-for-like basis in May, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have said.

According tthe BRC, children's clothing was the stand-out performer, while women's clothing sales were the strongest of the year so far as sales of outerwear, knitwear and jeans turned to summer dresses, skirts and swimwear as the month progressed.

Men's clothing was also up on last year as shorts, casual jerseys and swimwear sold well.

Much of the month's positive performance can be attributed to spending in the final week when consumers responded enthusiastically to the sun coming out."

– British Retail Consortium, Director General, Stephen Robertso

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