UK Retail Sales Rise In April

LONDON (AP) -- Official data shows retail sales in Britain were up 4.8 percent in April compared to a year earlier as demand rose for clothing, footwear and household goods.

The Office for National Statistics said Thursday that the value of sales in predominantly nonfood stores rose 6.8 percent during the month, the biggest gain since January 2004. Food store sales were up 0.9 percent.

Measured by volume, retail sales were 1.8 percent higher than in April 2009, and 0.3 percent higher than in March.

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