Re­tail­sale­son risethanksto bet­ter­weather

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY VICKY SHAW

RE­TAIL­ERS saw sales bounce back dur­ing May’s bet­ter weather — with the strong­est growth seen in more than four years as shoppers flocked to gar­den cen­tres, soaked up the sun in pub beer gar­dens and splashed out on sum­mer wardrobes.

To­tal sales in­creased by 4.1% year-on-year in May, com­pared with a 0.2% an­nual in­crease in May 2017.

This was the high­est in­crease since Jan­uary 2014, ex­clud­ing Easter dis­tor­tions, ac­cord­ing to the find­ings in the Bri­tish Re­tail Con­sor­tium (BRC)-KPMG re­tail sales mon­i­tor.

In April, to­tal re­tail sales had shrunk sharply by 3.1% year-onyear, with the cold weather seen as partly to blame for house­holds tight­en­ing their belts.

Paul Martin of KPMG said: “Two bank hol­i­day week­ends, a royal wed­ding and sun­nier spells will have been the main driv­ers be­hind the ap­par­ent re­bound, with both on­line and high street sales thank­fully up over­all.”

The BRC said sales were re­cov­er­ing ground lost in April.

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