UK retail sales jump 5.7% in April: BRC

UK retail sales grew by nearly 6 per cent year-on-year in April this year, thanks to late start of Easter and a notable improvement in the country's economic activities.

According to fresh data released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the furniture & flooring category as well as children's clothing enjoyed particularly strong trading in April.

The BRC said that total UK sales jumped 5.7 per cent in April 2014, from the same month of the previous year. It was the biggest annual increase since April 2011. In March this year, sales had dropped 0.3 per cent year-on-year.

David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, "Strong April sales figures may have benefited from Easter falling late this year but it is clear that the effects of the wider economic recovery are feeding through to the retail sector."

In the three-month period to April 30, total retail sales jumped 1.9 per cent year-on-year. Even after taking the seasonal effect into account, total sales increased 2.8 per cent during the twelve months to April this year, as compared with the previous year.

However, food sales remained under pressure as consumers kept on spending guardedly in this category.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will retail sales numbers for April on 21st of May. The official data will shed more light on the situation of the country's retail market as ONS covers more small stores and focuses deeper on the volume of goods sold than the BRC.