Friday, December 19, 2008

BBC NEWS | Business | Surprise rise in UK retail sales

UK retail sales rose unexpectedly last month, official figures have shown.Total sales volumes climbed 0.3% in November from the previous month, the Office for National Statistics said. Sales were up 1.5% from a year ago.Analysts had been expecting sales to fall in November, and recent surveys have suggested trading has been weak.The rise in monthly sales was led by household goods, which were up 3.9% in November - their biggest monthly increase since July 2007.Food sales were up 0.2% for the month, while those of clothing and footwear were down 0.1%.The level of overall retail sales made via the internet was 3.8%, up from 3.2% in October.
BBC NEWS | Business | Surprise rise in UK retail sales
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