'Consumer spending looks to have started the second quarter off on a solid note', say experts
High Street sales dampened by the weather, says the Office for National Statistics
Unexpected drop proves there's less money available for discretionary spending on the high street
Rise in retail sales alleviates double-dip fears but 14 chain stores still closing every day
Business digest: Leading supermarket seeks to boost domination with radical price cuts
Business digest: Super cheap high street chain bemoans early sales ahead of full-year results
In pictures: London department store Harrods launches its Christmas collection 150 days early, in July
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