People shop at a supermarket in London. File/Reuters
British retail sales grew faster than expected in January, recovering about half the losses suffered when a wave of coronavirus cases caused many shoppers to stay at home during December.
British shoppers, home-buyers and employers grew more upbeat last month, as reports of the biggest rise in high-street sales since 2014 and the largest increase in house prices in nearly two years added to signs of a post-election bounce.
British retail sales jumped back almost to pre-coronavirus lockdown levels in June when non-essential stores in England reopened, giving a boost to beleaguered clothing stores.
Britain officially entered recession in the second quarter after gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 2.2 per cent in the first three months of the year. The technical definition of a recession is two quarterly contractions in a row.
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