UK retailers enjoyed strong May trading on the back of the warmer weather though the sun scorched the hopes of many big-ticket traders.


So says the British Retail Consortium, whose monthly BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor recorded a 2.8 percent uptick in same-store retail sales last month.

Total sales including new space advanced 4.1 percent year-over-year, the biggest gain since January 2014.

The Royal Wedding and high temperatures boosted categories such as groceries and fashion though a scorching May Bank Holiday did little for indoor furniture, which typically gains most when it rains.

Paul Martin, head of retail at KPMG said: "Grocery sales once again continued to be strong, boosted by added enthusiasm for picnics and barbecues.

"Elsewhere, appetite for non-food categories, including fashion, also experienced a welcome uplift. That said, the picture was less favourable in the larger discretionary categories such as home improvement and furniture."