British retail sales rebound in June: official data

21st July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Retail sales in Britain rebounded last month as a rise in clothes and household goods purchases helped to offset a record fall in food store sales, official data showed on Thursday.

The Office for National Statistics said in a statement that total retail sales volumes grew by 0.7 percent in June from the level in May, when they had slumped by 1.4 percent. June's rebound was in-line with market forecasts.

Retail sales meanwhile increased by 0.4 percent in June compared with 12 months earlier, the ONS added.

It said that food store sales volumes plunged by a record 4.2 percent in June compared with 12 months earlier as high inflation sent food prices soaring.

The drop in food store sales was offset by a rise in sales of clothes and household goods, whose prices were reduced.

© 2011 AFP

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