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Boost for high street as retail sales rise

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

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SHOPPERS are spending more cash on high streets across the region, according to new figures.

Business bosses in Burton have welcomed statistics that showed sales grew 0.1 per cent nationally last month, and 2.6 per cent compared to this time last year.

Chris Plant, director of the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, said it was a positive sign.

He said: "While the rise in retail sales was slightly lower than predicted, growth appears to be much stronger if you remove erratic items such as petrol.

"Overall, these figures suggest that growth in the economy remains healthy and is likely to continue into the third quarter of this year.

"The significant year-on-year deflation in the retail sector reflects the strong competition among retailers and confirms there are no substantial inflationary pressures in the economy."

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