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U.K. Retail Sales Surged With Spending for Soccer Matches

  • Unexpected rebound in sales due to increase at grocery stores
  • Consumer spending underpins Britain’s rebound from recession

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U.K. retail sales surged unexpectedly in June as consumers spent more in grocery stores to celebrate European championship soccer, adding momentum to the economic recovery.

The volume of goods sold in shops and online rose 0.5% from the month before, the Office for National Statistics said Friday. Economists had expected a 0.1% drop. The figures followed an unprecedented jump in April when most stores were allowed to fully reopen for the first time since January.