Retail sales boosted by mild March weather

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Retail sales unexpectedly jumped in March as mild weather enticed shoppers to UK stores.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said sales rose 1.1% compared with the month before, whereas economists had been expecting a fall.

The ONS said the milder weather this year had helped to boost sales in comparison with the “Beast from the East” affecting sales in March 2018.

Year-on-year growth was 6.7% in March 2019, the highest since October 2016.