UK retail sales see decade-high rise

UK retail sales see decade-high rise

Retail sales in the UK grew by 6.9% in April compared with the same month in 2013, the largest annual rise in 10 years.

The new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that non-food sales were up 6.5% from a year earlier, though the figure was slightly down on sales in March 2014.

Across all UK retail sales, figures were up 1.3% between March and April, beating analysts predictions which estimated a 0.5% rise.

The figures mean that quarterly retail sales in the UK have now grown for 14 months in a row.

In April 2014, the average weekly spend in the retail industry was £7bn, compared to £6.5bn in April 2013, and £6.8bn in March 2014. The spend was boosted by food sales, attributed to a combination of better weather in April and a series of successful sales promotions.