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Shoppers defy economic gloom in September – BBC News

The amount of retail sales saw a 1.5% rise last month, boosted by DIY and garden items.

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British retail sales have continued to increase for the fifth consecutive month, boosted by non-food items including DIY and garden supplies, according to official figures.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales volumes rose by 1.5% between August and September.
Spending on groceries remained high, but petrol sales were still down as motorists made fewer journeys.
Sales are now 5.5% higher than the pre-pandemic levels seen in February.
The three months to September saw the biggest…

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