Thursday, December 18, 2008
Official figures this morning showed an unexpected rise of 1.5 per cent in retail sales in the UK last month. British retail sales rose 0.3 per cent in November, and are up 1.5 per cent on last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. A 3.9 per cent rise in sales of household goods, the biggest monthly increase since July 2007, fuelled the growth. Food sales were up 0.2 per cent, but clothing and footwear sales dropped 0.5 per cent.