Retail sales surged further last month, driven by a jump in clothing purchases as stores benefited from the return of warmer weather and shoppers hunted down bargains.
The Office for Nationals Statistics (ONS) reported a 6% increase in sales volumes in May compared to a year earlier.
That followed an upwardly revised jump from 4.3% to 5.2% for April – with the ONS blaming late reporting of data from stores for the revision.
The official figures showed a 4.3% rise in fashion sales month-on-month in May – the biggest increase in over two years.
It was explained by ONS, that warmer weather last month to April was a key factor. A report by the British Retail Consortium earlier this month had found that shoppers looked to update their wardrobes ahead of summer last month, following a period of stagnation in March and April.
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