Retail sales up in February

Retail sales rose 2.6% in February compared to the same month last year. UK shoppers spent a total of £6.3 billion a week in the month compared to £6.1 billion in February 2012. The Office for National Statistics said the growth was driven by an increase in spending on non-food items, particularly computers and technology products. Online sales also rose and accounted for 9.7% of all retail spending excluding fuel.