U.K. retail sales unexpectedly advanced 0.9% in January from the prior 0.6% and estimates of -0.3%, while the annual reading advanced 2.0% from the revised 2.5% which was 2.6% initially, above forecasts of 0.5%.

The reading excluding auto fuel also beta forecasts of -0.3%, coming in at 1.2% from the previous 0.6%. The year on year reached 1.9%, up from the revised 1.4%, which was 1.7% before revision, and projections of -0.1%.