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Retail sales surging ahead in the run-up to Christmas

By Josie Clarke

Published 18/12/2015

Although Black Friday spending on the high street was considered to be subdued this year, a number of major retailers, such as Amazon and Dixons Carphone, reported record sales
Although Black Friday spending on the high street was considered to be subdued this year, a number of major retailers, such as Amazon and Dixons Carphone, reported record sales

Retail sales surged significantly ahead of expectations in November as shoppers embraced Black Friday deals in the run-up to Christmas, official figures suggest.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the quantity bought in the overall UK retail industry increased by 1.7% on October while year-on-year sales registered a 5% increase.

The figures have far exceeded expectations, with economists having pencilled in a 0.5% month-on-month rise and 3.1% year-on-year.

Although Black Friday spending on the high street was considered to be subdued this year, a number of major retailers, such as Amazon and Dixons Carphone, reported record sales.

ONS head of retail sales, Melanie Richard, said: "A continued fall in prices as well as promotions in the run-up to Christmas have helped to boost the amount shoppers bought in November, both on the high street and online."

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