Early Christmas Shoppers Boosted UK Retail Sales In October

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. The Office for National Statistics said that since February, ahead of the first lockdown, online sales had increased by 52% while bricks and mortar shops had suffered a 3.3% fall. Read more at The Guardian.