UK retail sales bounce back in June close to pre-coronavirus levels

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ONS figures raise hopes for faster economic recovery from Covid-19 crisis than feared

UK retail sales rebounded in June close to pre-pandemic levels, according to official figures, as non-essential shops reopened in England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics said the volume of retail sales increased by 13.9% when compared with May 2020, as the British high street gradually recovers from the sharpest decline in consumer spending on record.

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