UK retail sales back to normal

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A recent survey hints that the UK retail sales were near pre-lockdown levels in June, as the reopening of shops released pent-up demand.

The amount of goods sold last month increased by 13.9% compared to May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), reports BBC.

This cannot be taken as a solid sign accornding to experts. Economists warned that the country’s recovery would take time.

June’s rise in retail sales followed record falls in April and a partial recovery in May as the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread shop closures.

Online sales continued to go “from strength to strength”, the ONS added, accounting for £3 out of every £10 spent by consumers.

Demand at food stores remained strong, hitting new highs for the lockdown period.

Compared with February, the volume of food sales was 5.3% higher while non-store retailing grew by 53.6%, the BBC reported the survey as saying.

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