London retail sales once again outperformed the UK during June, helped by good weather and tourists cashing in on the weak pound.
Total sales in the capital climbed 4.7 per cent versus 1.4 per cent nationwide, the BRC’s London Retail Sales Monitor showed. Like-for-likes were up 3.9 per cent, compared with a UK equivalent of 1.7 per cent.
Visitors from Western Europe took advantage of the euro’s strength over sterling. However, “tourists were more cautious and tended to spend less”, the BRC reported.
Food sales in London improved, as did clothing, footwear and outdoor living lines. Homewares and big-ticket categories remained tough.
BRC director-general Stephen Robertson said: “Yes, London outperformed the UK. But, like the rest of the country, uncertainty about jobs means Londoners are still nervous about spending.”