DIY spending increase drives fourth month of UK sales recovery

Retail volume rose 0.8% in August as shoppers returned to high street after coronavirus lockdown easing

UK retail sales increased for the fourth consecutive month in August amid a rise in spending on DIY and home improvements, as shoppers gradually return to the high street after the easing of lockdown.

Continuing a recovery in consumer spending as more shops reopened across Britain, the Office for National Statistics said the volume of retail sales rose by 0.8% in August from a month earlier.

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