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High-street sales continue to recover

Simon Quicke

Sales on the high street continued to rebound from the low points of last year as confidence trickled back into spending habits with non-food retailing performing strongly.

With the opening of US computer retailer Best Buy's first UK stores  just weeks away the state of the retail market seems to be picking up with both volumes and values of sales rising.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) last month was a strong one with the largest rise in retail sales since May 2008. Non-food retail, which includes computers, increased by 3.4% from last month.

"Within predominantly non-food stores, all sectors showed increased with non-specialised stores and other stores the highest, both at 9.7%," stated the ONS monthly report.

Retail sales had dipped following a strong Christmas sales period but have recovered last month with non-food retailers managing to produce a stronger performance than food specialists which saw a drop of 1.2% in sales between January and February.

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