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.
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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Teenagers, aged 13 and 14, were taken to hospital on Friday morning but passed away, South Yorkshire Police said.
Eleven people remain in hospital.