Retail sales show positive growth to end two successive months of flat sales, as May brings better news for UK retailers.

According to the latest BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor May 2016, the 12-month average growth for total retail sales grew by 1.4%, with like-for-like sales up by 0.5% and non-food sales up by 0.3%, as clothing made a comeback in the month.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive, British Retail Consortium, said: “Today’s figures bring better news for the UK’s retailers. After two months of flat sales May saw growth of 1.4%. While still not spectacular, it is in line with the 12-month average of 1.5 per cent.

“While this month’s pick-up in sales will come as a welcome relief, it’s still a challenging time for retailers. Shop price deflation continues and intensity of competition is fierce. Controlling costs and improving efficiency and productivity will be crucial for retailers as they continue to navigate increasingly tough trading conditions.”