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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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Food and non-food sales up on a year ago

Food sales were up on a year ago as the purchase of home-baking products, potatoes and stewing meats were replaced with salads, ice-cream and barbecue foods as the weather improved.

Non-alcoholic beverages, wines, beers and spirits also sold very well compared with a much cooler May last year.

Despite the apparent arrival of summer lifting shoppers' spirits, the underlying trend of customers searching for good value continued, the BRC added.

Online, mail-order and phone sales of non-food items also showed stronger growth, up 12.4% against growth of 10.4% last year.

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