The British Retail Consortium on Tuesday revealed a 4.8 per cent year-on-year jump in like-for-like August sales as a late summer sales burst and steady clothing sector growth boosted results.

The trade group said total sales rose 7.6 per cent last month from 2001, up from 6.5 per cent in July but said retailer should not get too excited just yet.
BRC chief economic adviser, Bridget Rosewell, warned: "We remain concerned about the potential for a sharper slowdown and a loss of confidence by consumers which could easily produce a very difficult time for retailers."