World Cup boost for retail figures

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The high street enjoyed better fortunes than England's footballers in June as shoppers splashed out for the World Cup, retail figures showed today

Retail sales volumes rose by a higher than expected 0.7 per cent over the month, while May's sales increase was also revised up to 0.8 per cent, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Household goods stores and department stores were the biggest contributors to the June rise with sales growth of 1.6 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively, the ONS said.