In November, retail sales in the UK rose by 1.1% compared to the previous month, the Office for National Statistics reported. The year-on-year growth rate came in at 1.6%.
Analysts had forecast November’s figures to increase by just 0.4%. Retail sales account for about 6% of UK GDP.
ONS said growth to remain pretty solid and businesses had said that Black Friday promotions supported sales.
UK inflation accelerated to 3.1% in November.