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.
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