UK retail sales soar 9.2pc in April as shops reopen

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23rd May, 2021 12:44:53 PM printer

UK retail sales soar 9.2pc in April as shops reopen

A surge in spending on clothes helped to boost retail sales last month, as lockdown measures eased and non-essential shops reopened.

Retail sales jumped 9.2% in April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, with sales of clothing soaring by nearly 70% compared with March.

Sales overall were more than 10% higher than pre-pandemic levels, although online sales dipped.

Further evidence of the rebound in the UK economy came in a separate survey, an IHS/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index, which suggested that activity among private business during May has expanded at the fastest pace for more than two decades.

(BBC)

 


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