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UK retail sales surge by 3.2%, says British Retail Consortium

RBR Staff Writer Published 15 April 2015

Like-for-like retail sales across the UK increased by 3.2% when compared to March 2014, according to the figures released by British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG.

The total retail sales are up 4.7%, against a 0.3% fall in March 2014. This growth was driven by the inclusion of Easter in March this year against April last year.

Furniture was the second fastest growing category online, followed closely by Toys & Baby Equipment which benefited from the school half term.

KPMG Retail head David McCorquodale said: "An early Easter and better economic news helped lift retail sales out of the doldrums in March and the sector posted the strongest sales growth seen in nearly a year.

"While the figures are inflated by the timing of Easter, they are still a welcome boost for retailers who have battled flat or falling like for like sales for the last quarter.

"As anticipated furniture and home accessory retailers were the major beneficiaries of the bank holiday break, seeing sales soar as shoppers focused on the home and garden."

The BRC survey highlights that the online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 12.3% in March versus a year earlier, when it had grown 12.8%.

Around 1.4% points were contributed by online sales to the growth of non-food total sales in March.