UK retail sales rise 0.6% in December due to discounting
UK retail sales volumes rose by 0.6% between November and December, official figures show, after heavy discounting by stores.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said that sales were 2.6% higher than December 2010.
The November's figure was revised down to show a fall of 0.5%, rather than the 0.4% originally estimated.
Retailers, including Marks and Spencer, have said that they marked prices down sharply in the run-up to Christmas.
Emma Simpson reports.
20 Jan 2012