Online sales surge

INTERNET sales grew in July at their fastest pace since before the recession as wet weather encouraged home shopping, a survey found

Online sales surged by 18 per cent in the month compared with a year earlier, IMRG said.

UK shoppers spent £5bn online in July.

The average UK shopper made purchases worth £81 online, with promotions and discounts also boosting spending.

The rise was the sharpest since 2007.