11 August 2015 - Janet Bird
Data compiled by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), a trade body, showed retail sales rose by 2.2 percent last month compared to the same period last year, but failed to match June's 2.9 percent increase.
A burst of hot sunny weather at the beginning of July prompted shoppers to splurge on summer clothes, but the poor weather at the end of the month caused sales to dip.
Food sales, which were strong at the beginning of the month, tailed off as the weather worsened and Britons abandoned their BBQs.
Spending on furniture and other household goods remained strong, however, perhaps due to a continued rise in house prices.