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UK retail sales soar on good weather, royal wedding

© AFP | Nice weather and a royal wedding: a winning combination for British consumer spending

LONDON (AFP) - 

British retail sales soared in May, basking in sunny weather and the royal wedding, official data showed on Thursday.

Sales rallied 1.3 percent last month after a jump of 1.6 percent in April, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement, adding that there was growth across all sectors.

"Feedback from retailers suggested that a sustained period of good weather and royal wedding celebrations encouraged spending in food and household goods stores in May," the ONS said.

Market expectations had been for a more moderate 0.5-percent increase in May, according to economists polled by Bloomberg.

© 2018 AFP