Late Easter helps April retail sales

The figures from the monthly BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor show that total sales increased by 6.3%.

Helen Dickinson, BRC chief executive, said: “As expected, the Easter holidays provided the welcome boost to retail sales, which goes some way to making up for the disappointing start to the year. That said, the positive distortion from the timing of Easter was largely responsible for the month’s growth and looking to the longer-term signs of a slowdown, the outlook isn’t as rosy.”

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Over the three months to April, food sales increased by 2.4% on a like-for-like basis and by 3.6% on a total basis.

Meanwhile, non-food retail sales edged up 0.3% on a like-for-like basis and by 0.7% on a total basis.

Dickinson added: “Taking…