British retail sales edge up in May

June 17, 2005 at 11:18 AM
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LONDON, June 17 (UPI) -- Britain's retail sales grew slightly last month, thanks to strong Internet and mail order buying.

The Office for National Statistics said, however, that May's 0.1 percent increase in retail sales left the sector depressed, the Telegraph reported Friday.

April's figure was up 0.5 percent from the previous month.

On an annual basis, total retail sales in Britain increased 1.3 percent, the lowest rate of growth since 1999.

The silver lining was a 6.5-percent jump in Internet and mail order sales, which now account for about one-fifth of British retail sales.

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