June retail sales boosted by warm weather

The figures from the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor show that like-for-like food sales rose by 3.6% in the three months to June to mark the highest three-month average since February 2012. Total sales climbed by 4.7%.

Meanwhile, non-food sales rose by 0.9% in the period with total sales growth of 1.2%.

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Helen Dickinson, BRC chief executive, said: “The arrival of summer provided a welcome pick-up to sales growth in June, particularly to non- food categories which saw a reversal in fortunes after a prolonged period of sluggish growth. Leisure pursuits and activities spurred consumer spending on summer clothing, beauty products and outdoor toys, which…