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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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Retailers hoping for royal baby boost

Retailers are hoping the imminent arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, expected in the next few days, will give another boost to the high street as shoppers stock up on champagne and memorabilia.

Pregnant Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 15. Credit: Press Association/Patrick van Katwijk

In new figures released today, the British Retail Consortium said total high street sales grew 2.9% in June, with real terms growth being at 2.3% over the past six months, compared with 1.5% over the past 12 months.

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