Early Christmas shoppers boosted UK retail sales in October, says ONS

Consumers rushing to buy gifts ahead of new lockdown increase sales for sixth month in a row

Shoppers rushed to buy early Christmas presents in October, before a second Covid-19 lockdown in England, increasing retail sales for a sixth consecutive month, according to official figures.

A 6.4% increase in online sales drove a 1.2% rise in the total volume of retail spending in Britain compared with September and boosted sales by 5.8% on the same month last year.

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