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Retail sales jump higher than expected in March

Retail sales enjoyed a surprising boost in March climbing much higher than expected, led by a spike in food shopping. Sales rose 1.1 per cent month-on-month, above expectations of a 0.3 per cent drop as food store sales and non-store retailing drove the increase, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Year-on-year sales jumped 6.7 per cent – the largest