Retail volume rose 0.8% in August as shoppers returned to high street after coronavirus lockdown easing. UK retail sales increased for the fourth consecutive month in August amid a rise in spending on DIY and home improvements, as shoppers gradually return to the high street after the easing of lockdown. Continuing a recovery in consumer spending as more shops reopened across Britain, the Office for National Statistics said the volume of retail sales rose by 0.8% in August from a month earlier. In a reflection of the rapid rebound despite mounting concerns over the economic impact of the crisis, total retail sales were 4% higher than compared with pre-pandemic levels in February. […] The Co-op chain reported an unprecedented 300% sales uplift in boxed wines, as customers went for value – and volume – in their purchases.
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