There were fresh signs of revival in the economy today with figures showing Britons going out spending.
Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent last month from July, fueled by home improvements and continuing high levels of online shopping.
The figures are now 4 per cent above February before the coronavirus lockdown hit – suggesting that confidence is returning. However, clothing stores are still suffering.
Jonathan Athow of the Office for National Statistics said: 'Retail sales continued to grow, further surpassing their pre-pandemic level.
'Sales of household goods thrived as the demand for home improvement continued and, despite a dip this month, online sales remained high.
'However, clothing stores continued to struggle with sales still well below their February level.
'Overall, the switch to greater online sales means the high street remains under pressure.'
The 0.8 per cent increase in August was a slowing from 3.6 per cent monthly growth in …