Retailers hope Christmas offers will ring the changes
THE value of UK retail sales rose 0.7pc in June compared with a month earlier, beating market expectations.
Sales were up 1pc on the month and 3.1pc on the year, the Office for National Statistics said.
The rise was driven by household goods and general stores. The June data revealed strong UK car production figures.
Meanwhile, Selfridges unveiled its Christmas offering today in the hope that customers will consider the crisis to be out of fashion.
A £9,500 (€11,500) bed and a £3,000 bottle of Chanel No5 perfume were among the items on display as the store launched its Christmas season -- its earliest-ever start.
Parents can indulge their children with a £10,000 Audi electric car, or a £500 Audi pedal car for those on a budget.
The theme this year is "play", based on the belief that consumers are sick of the downturn.
Other items tipped to be top sellers are a £950 case of Creme de la Mer skincare, an £895 leather skateboard and a £52 pair of Bjorn Borg strip poker underpants.
A spokeswoman said: "We think buyers will be ready to indulge this Christmas.
"Our offer is one that customers can buy into at a variety of price points, from £11.49 for a calorie-counting bar to £50 for a Lego ring and £10,000 for an electric Audi children's car."