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BRC-KPMG Sales Monitor June - Figures confirm YTD pickup

Like-for-like UK retail sales for June were up 1.4% from last year, when they had increased 1.4% on the preceding year.

According to the latest BRC-KPMG Sales Monitor, on a total basis, sales were up 2.9%, against a 3.5% increase in June 2012.

Total sales growth of 2.9% is just ahead of the year-to-date average of 2.8% and better than the 12-month-average of 2.4%, confirming this year's pick-up.

In real terms, growth was 2.3% over the last six months against 1.5% over the last twelve.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: "Despite challenging economic conditions continuing, June saw another strong performance from the UK's retailers, with very respectable overall growth across the categories. At this halfway point in the year we are able to see that sales are well ahead of the previous six month period, confirming that the retail recovery is continuing.

"One of the best performing areas was fashion. As the weather warmed up, we saw a good reaction to the excellent promotions that are available at the moment, accompanied by continuing demand for value and essential items. The weather also helped DIY and gardening products record a good month, and we saw some of the purchases that may have been postponed during the cold weather earlier in the year begin to take place.

"Electrical and electronics promotions helped those categories perform well, although unsurprisingly we are seeing weak TV sales compared with last year when many people were upgrading their sets in order to watch the London Olympics. Finally in food, growth continues to be broadly in line with inflation, which is a good result considering that this period last year saw Jubilee celebrations across the country with an accompanying high demand for suitable party food products. With spirits and temperatures lifted following the weekend and further feelgood news expected later in the month, retailers will be hoping that July builds on this encouraging trend."

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