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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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Wintry April pushes sales figures down

According to official figures, total retail sales volumes plunged by a worse-than-expected 2.3% in April as the record rainfall dampened demand for clothing, although this was distorted by a record plunge in petrol and diesel sales.

A BRC survey also showed that Britain's high streets witnessed the worst decline in shopper numbers since November 2009 in April.

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