World Cup and heatwave help UK retailers in July

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s run to the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup and a scorching summer encouraged shoppers in Britain to spend more on food, drink and electric fans in July, but overall spending rose only slowly, according to a survey of retailers.

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers and tourists walk along Oxford Street during the sales in central London, Britain, December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Boyce/File Photo

Total retail sales values rose by 1.6 percent compared with July 2017, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said, the weakest increase since February, excluding a fall in April…

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