UK retail sales rise in September

City A.M. Reporter
UK retail sales rose last month as Britons stocked up on new winter clothing and school uniforms, according to data out today.

Sales volumes including petrol jumped 0.6 per cent last month, after dipping 0.1 per cent in August, the Office for National Statistics said this morning.

Year on year, retail sales were 2.5 per cent higher in September.

Clothing and footwear sales boosted the numbers, up two per cent month on month.

A drop in inflation to a near three-year low at 2.2 per cent in September has fuelled hopes that the squeeze is easing and the rise in employment may also help Britons gain confidence to spend more.