Retailers enjoy new year boost

UK retailers hired more than 3,000 new staff and opened 837 new shops in the past quarter compared with the first-quarter of 2010, new research published today shows.

In a sign of the sector’s resilience, retail employment rose 0.5 per cent in the quarter compared with the first-quarter of 2010, the British Retail Consortium’s BRC-Bond Pearce Retail Employment Monitor showed.

Despite a late Easter and a slowdown in customer spending, the survey suggests UK retail is still expanding.