UK retail sales increased for the fifth consecutive month in September on the back of a rise in spending on DIY and household goods, according to official figures.
The Office for National Statistics said the volume of retail sales rose by 1.5% between August and September, continuing a recovery in consumer spending from the biggest slump on record during the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year.
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In a reflection of resilient household spending despite growing concerns over a rapid increase in coronavirus infections, total retail sales were 5.5% higher than pre-pandemic levels in February.
Over the last quarter, retail sales volumes surged