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Sales volumes increase in April

April saw retail sales volumes in the UK increase by 6.9 per cent compared to the same month in 2013, marking the biggest growth seen in year-on-year figures in a decade.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that a month-on-month increase was seen as well as a year-on-year rise, with sales growing by 1.3 per cent compared to March.

All stores apart from petrol stations saw a growth compared to last year's figures, with the non-food sector seeing a 6.5 per cent rise.

The average spend in the UK throughout April also increased, reaching £707.5 million, representing a 13.3 per cent rise compared to April last year.

This signals that overall high street recovery is well underway and that customers are becoming a lot more confident. 

Online sales also an increase, accounting for 11 per cent of all retail spend, which is a good level of growth from the 10.4 per cent recorded in April 2013.