British retail sales climb as kids return to school

17th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

British retail sales rose in August from the previous month, boosted by keen demand for school uniforms ahead of the new academic year, official data showed Thursday.

Sales by volume gained 0.2 percent last month compared with July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. That was in line with market expectations and marked a modest acceleration from zero growth in July.

The ONS added that retail sales grew by 3.7 percent in August compared with one year earlier.

"UK retail sales continue to grow in 2015 but the figures show that growth is coming evenly from both small and large retailers," said ONS head of retail sales statistics Kate Davies.

"Small stores were particularly boosted in August by sales of school uniforms, while most of the growth in large stores was coming from online."

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