United Kingdom retail sales increased 1.1% between October and November, while year-on-year growth rose 1.6%, official statistics reveal. Economists said the sales growth would help boost GDP growth in the final three months of the year.
The figures suggest consumers are willing to keep spending despite the sharpest rise in inflation for nearly six years, driven by the higher cost of importing goods to the United Kingdom as a effect of the pound's weakness since the Brexit vote.
Ruth Gregory, UK economist at Capital Economics, said the strength of November's sales might simply have meant spending brought forward from December, potentially knocking growth in the run-up to Christmas.
The data is likely to appease Central Bank of England, which for the first time raised interest rates over more than a decade last month.
Store prices, meanwhile, increased by 3.1% year-on-year last month, with price increases across all store types, in particular food stores had the largest price increase of 3.6% since September 2013.
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ONS senior statistician Rhian Murphy said: "Household goods stores had a good November, with a number of businesses saying that Black Friday promotions boosted sales".
Looking at the past three months as a whole, which smoothes out monthly volatility, the picture is gloomier. Sales excluding auto fuel rose 1.2 percent.
The growth comes as average store prices increased by 3.1% compared with November a year ago, with food stores having the largest rise of 3.6% since September 2013.
In non-food sales, clothing and footwear rebounded from a slump in October to rise 2.3% in November from a year earlier.
The ONS survey period ended on November 25, the day after Black Friday.
The British Retail Consortium said last week its members had seen subdued sales last month and credit card company Visa reported the first year-on-year fall in inflation-adjusted spending in five years as Britons cut back on big purchases.