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UK retail sales growth beat expectations in September

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - British retail sales beat expectations last month and grew for a fifth month in a row, taking total sales volumes to 5.5% above their level before the pandemic.

Retail sales volumes grew by 1.5% in September alone and are 4.7% higher than a year earlier, taking the annual rate above all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists.

Reporting by Andy Bruce and David Milliken

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