British retail sales surged by much more than expected in November, boosted by Black Friday promotions, although the longer-term picture remains weak ahead of Brexit in little more than three months' time.
British retail sales growth unexpectedly slowed to a six-month low last month, as shoppers held off winter clothing purchases due to mild weather and cut back on other goods after a heavy-spending summer.
British retail sales grew faster than expected last month, after hot weather and the World Cup continued to boost food sales and shoppers took advantage of extended discounts on clothing and online sales.
Britain's economy picked up some speed in the second quarter after a sharp winter slowdown in early 2018 but lost momentum in June, underlining its stuttering performance ahead of Brexit in less than eight months' time.
UK retail had a better time in April yet not everybody was happy as department stores proved to be the main sector that was struggling. At least fashion had a better time of it than in the first few months of the year.
British retail sales jumped by the most in one-and-a-half years in April, official figures showed on Thursday as consumers returned to the shops after a snowy start to 2018 that weighed on the overall economy.