Good weather and bank holidays boost retail sales

Regent Street in London during the royal wedding

Business digest: The retail sector jumped 5.2 per cent in April, but conditions remain tough

LAST UPDATED AT 12:15 ON Tue 10 May 2011

Good weather, the Easter holidays and the royal wedding helped boost retails sales by 5.2 per cent in April according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The jump came after a 3.5 per cent fall in March, and despite the good figures the BRC warned that conditions were still tough for shop-keepers. Director general Stephen Robertson said: "The underlying pressures on the retail sector of climbing costs and depressed consumer spending will be problems for many months to come."

Among the items most in demand were champagne and garden furniture as Britain sweltered in one of the hottest Aprils on record and celebrated the royal wedding.

The extra-bank holiday for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the late Easter also meant consumers had more time to go shopping.

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