LONDON – Official figures show that retail sales in Britain bounced back during June, with the warm weather bolstering clothing sales in particular.
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The Office for National Statistics said Thursday that retail sales grew by a monthly 0.6 percent, a solid recovery following May's 1.1 percent fall. The increase was modestly ahead of market expectations for a 0.4 percent increase.
Kate Davies, the agency's senior statistician, said a particularly warm June seems to have prompted strong sales in clothing, which compensated for a decline in food and fuel sales during the month.
The monthly rise means retail sales grew by 1.5 percent in the quarter, following a 1.4 percent drop in the first, meaning the sector will have been a positive contributor to growth. Second-quarter growth figures are due next Wednesday.