RTTNews - Retail sales in central London in June were up 4.7% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis, the British Retail Consortium said Monday. A year ago, sales were up 9%.

The increase in the sales was brought by weakness of sterling against the euro, which attracted overseas visitors, especially those from western European countries. But tourists were more cautious and tended to spend less, the retailers' lobby said.

Food sales improved further, helped by the hot weather. Clothing, footwear and outdoor living also benefited, especially in clearance sales. But, sales of home-wares and big-ticket items remained difficult.

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