U.K. retail rebound provides glimmer of light for recession-hit nation


A general view of a kiosk near Charing Cross station in London, England, on January 20, 2024. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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LONDON — Stronger-than-expected January retail sales provided a glimmer of light for the struggling British economy on Friday — and suggest that the country’s recession will be short-lived, according to some economists.

Sales rebounded by 3.4% from December, according to the Office for National Statistics, the strongest monthly gain since April 2021. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a more modest growth of 1.5%.

Sales volumes increased in all areas except closing, as food shops saw the biggest boost….


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