Kate Davies
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Retail sales: 'Underlying pattern of moderate growth'

UK retail sales rose by 0.2% in June from the month before, helped by department store discounts.

The Office for National Statistics said the figure meant sales were up 2.2% from a year earlier.

June's modest rise compares with strong growth in May, when sales jumped 2.1%.

Kate Davies from the ONS said there was "an underlying pattern, within the data, of moderate growth".

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