The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) released seasonally adjusted figures from a survey of 5,000 retailers in Great Britain today, which revealed an estimated 1.9% increase in retail sales volumes for May 2013, in comparison to May 2012.
Seasonally adjusted sales values, or the amount spent in the retail sector, were also estimated to have increased by a more than expected 3.1% in May this year, while the overall proportion of non-seasonally adjusted online sales sustained a level of 9.7%.
Sales in the food sector are believed to have helped boost the sales figures for May this year, with the amount spent rising by 3.4% and the quantity of good bought increasing by 3.5%.
The ONS figures for May show that retails sales in the UK have recovered from poor results in April 2013, with the quantity bought and the amount spent both rising by 2.1% in May, compared to the previous month. The weak figures for April 2013 were said to have been caused by this year’s prolonged winter and the early timing of Easter.
ONS added that retailers have provided feedback indicating that promotions on summer ranges have resulted in the increase of sales for May this year.
According to the BBC, economic analysts say that the ONS figures are further evidence that the UK economy is recovering.