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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."



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