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UK retail sales up in May

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by Kay Murchie

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today reported a rise in UK retail sales for the month of May.

The Consortium said sales were boosted by the warm weather, as well a high demand for clothing.

Furthermore, the forthcoming World Cup tournament boosted television sales, while non-food non-store sales surged 21.9% - the strongest performance since December.

According to the BRC, like-for-like sales, which exclude the impact of new store openings, grew by 0.8% compared with a year earlier.

The figures follow a dismal April when retail sales fell sharply.

Commenting on the figures, BRC’s director general Stephen Robertson, said: “The sunnier second half of May provided a welcome boost to overall sales.

“The run-up to the World Cup helped sales of televisions, though this was largely discount-driven. With the tournament getting closer, there should be a further uplift and to other football merchandise such as flags and replica kits,” he added.

Helen Dickinson, head of retail at KPMG, which compiles the figures with the BRC, comments: “May’s results are more indicative of the underlying trend as the last couple of months were impacted by the timing of Easter.”

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