Retail Sales Bask In Spring Sunshine

Year on year retail sales rose in March by 3.6%, reversing a 1.9% decline in 2010/11 according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The warm weather in March lead to a rise in sales of clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure products. Online sales continued to rise sharply. Non-food items were up by 13.9% on a year ago. Stephen Robertson, director general of the BRC, said: “The overall retail environment is still difficult. Discounting remains a key tactic for retailers trying to encourage consumers to spend”.

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