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Andrea Felsted

Whisper It, But High Inflation Isn’t Killing UK Retail

Even amid the country’s cost-of-living crisis, Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco reported better-than-expected sales.

Is it too much?

Is it too much?

Photographer: Daniel Leal/AFP

Say it quietly: Inflation isn’t all bad for supermarkets.

Amid predictions of the cost-of-living crisis devastating the consumer industries, Britain’s biggest retailer, Tesco Plc, reported better-than-expected first-half sales on Wednesday, as higher prices and Brits enjoying themselves during the summer heat wave boosted revenue. Tesco said UK like-for-like sales rose 0.7% in the six months to Aug. 27, compared with expectations of a 0.07% decline.