increase in retail sales in October

( – UK retail sales rose in October, the rise in petrol purchases more than offsetting the fall in food, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Friday.

These sales – expressed in seasonally adjusted data – were up 0.6% in volume compared to September, a month in which consumption was affected by store closures due to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

The ONS emphasizes that all statistical items have increased, with the exception of food sales (-1%), still penalized by rising supermarket prices.

After falling 1.2% in September, fuel sales rose 3.3% in October, a rebound the statistics office attributes to the small drop in petrol prices (-0.5%) month-on-month.

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