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UK retail sales roared higher in October, as consumers stocked up ahead of national lockdowns

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UK retail sales rose for a sixth month in October, smashing expectations, as some consumers stocked up ahead of lockdowns and others started buying for Christmas, encouraged by stores holding early sales, the Office For National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday.

The ONS said retail sales rose by 1.2% in October compared with September, marking their sixth month of expansion. The pace was slower than September’s 1.4% increase, but well above expectations for a reading of 0%.

As lockdowns took effect in parts of the country, such as Wales, along with a number of large English details ⇒

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