Data published by the British Retail Consortium and KPMG shows that UK retail sales values were up 5.2 per cent from a year ago on a like-for-like basis and 6.9 per cent on a total basis, against a 0.2 per cent decrease in April 2010.
Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium, said Easter and the royal wedding bank holiday provided a "boost" to many retailers, while the hottest April since records began saw people spending on summer clothing and footwear.
Helen Dickinson, head of retail at KPMG, added: "It has provided a very welcome respite in a challenging retail trading environment. Most sectors showed a significant uplift on the prior year and on recent months."
It comes after new data issued by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG shows that there was a strong rise in permanent staff placements last month, including those in retail sales jobs.
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Source: The Sales Executive News