U.K. retail sales grew at the quickest rate since May 2004 in April, jumping +6.9% on year vs +4.8% in March and beating consensus of +5.2.
On month, sales +1.3% vs +0.5% and consensus that was also +0.5%.
Excluding fuel, sales +1.8% vs +0.1% and +0.5%; on year, sales +7.7% vs +4.9% and +5.3%.
While the U.K. government will probably welcome the figures, the data may place a doubt on hopes of shifting the economy away from consumption. (PR)
Meanwhile, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously, as expected, to keep interest rates at 0.5% and against more quantitative easing at a meeting earlier this month, the minutes of the meeting show. (PR)
The pound jumps and is +0.4% at $1.6913, while the FTSE is -0.2%.