British retail sales grew much faster than expected last month as shoppers took advantage of Black Friday bargains, official figures showed on Thursday, contrasting with more downbeat industry surveys.
UK retail continued to confuse in October with falls and rises by volume and value, the ONS said. Fashion struggled, although online sales continued to rise but belt-tightening meant more second-hand sales.
UK retail growth slowed as expected in July after a strong second quarter, as shoppers cut back on purchases of most goods other than food, adding to worries about a fall in consumer demand caused by higher inflation.
Sunny weather and markdowns helped British retail sales rise more strongly than expected in June and shake off a gloomier start to the year, with fashion making up for shortfalls in other sectors, official figures sho...