UK retail sales reached pre-pandemic levels last month, driven by supermarket and home improvement purchases.
Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent in August compared to the previous month, which was the fourth consecutive month of growth.
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UK retail sales were up four per cent compared to February, before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.
Non-store retailing volumes were 38.9 per cent above February and household goods stores saw sales rise 9.9 per cent.
However clothing stores remained 15.9 per cent lower than February’s levels due to subdued footfall in city centres following months of lockdown.
Online UK retail sales, which have boomed during the pandemic, dipped 2.5 per cent compared to July.
But the strong growth during the coronavirus lockdown meant sales were still up 46.8 per cent compared to February, according to