UK RETAIL SALES ARE BOOMING

Black Friday crowdsREUTERS/Andrew NellesThanksgiving Day shoppers line up to start shopping at a Target store in Chicago.

Retail sales rose 5.7% in the year to February, smashing expectations.

Economists were expecting a 4.7% boost to sales.

Sales climbed 0.7% month-on-month, contrary to predictions of a 0.4% increase.

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