Recovery hopes for UK plc as retail sales rose 0.8 per cent last month

Britons get spending again: Recovery hopes for UK plc as retail sales rose 0.8 per cent last month with people splashing out on improving homes Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent in August from July as Britons spend again Level is now 4 per cent higher than in February before lockdown was imposed  Spend on home improvements and high activity online has fueled the increase 

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 08:08 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 08:58 BST, 18 September 2020

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There were fresh signs of revival in the economy today with figures showing Britons going out spending. 

Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent last month from July, fueled by home improvements and continuing high levels of online shopping. 

The figures are now 4 per cent above February before the coronavirus lockdown hit - suggesting that confidence is returning. However, clothing stores are still suffering.

Jonathan Athow of the Office for National Statistics said: 'Retail sales continued to grow, further surpassing their pre-pandemic level.

'Sales of household goods thrived as the demand for home improvement continued and, despite a dip this month, online sales remained high.

Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent last month from July, fueled by home improvements and continuing high levels of online shopping

Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent last month from July, fueled by home improvements and continuing high levels of online shopping

'However, clothing stores continued to struggle with sales still well below their February level.

'Overall, the switch to greater online sales means the high street remains under pressure.'   

The 0.8 per cent increase in August was a slowing from 3.6 per cent monthly growth in July.

But it exceeded the expectations from analysts, who had forecast a 0.6 per cent improvement.

Online sales continued to be strong as shoppers chose to stay at home but dipped slightly against the previous month.

Sales from online channels moved 2.5 per cent lower against

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