Sunny Weather Boosts UK Sales

Sunny weather in July has been credited in part for aiding an economic boost within the retail industry.

The findings were released today in a statistical bulletin by the Office for National Statistics.

Estimates of retail sales for July showed continued growth in the quantity of bought goods. Compared with a year ago, the quantity bought in the retail industry increased by 3%. The main sources of the rise were the food and non-store retailing sectors.

Within the food sector, the quantity bought in July 2013 increased by 2.1% compared with July 2012. This was the highest increase since April 2011.

Feedback from supermarkets suggests the sunny weather boosted sales across a range of products including food, alcohol, clothing and outdoor items.

Comparing July 2013 with June 2013, the quantity bought increased by 1.1%. There was strong growth in supermarket sales with a rise of 2.5%.

In July 2013, the prices of goods sold in the retail industry rose by 1.8% compared with July 2012, due mainly to increases in the prices of goods sold in the food sector.

In July 2013, the estimated weekly spend across all retailing averaged £7bn, up from £6.8bn in June 2013 and £6.7bn in July 2012.


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