The UK’s official figures for retail sales in May show a surprising jump in retail sales volumes by 3.5 percent compared with April. The figure, which came as a shock to retail analysts, was driven by non-food sales and clothing, textiles and footwear in particular as shoppers were inspired to buy the unusually hot weather. The figures were the largest month-on-month rise since March 1991 for these categories. Sales volumes for the three months to May were 5.4 percent higher than the three moths to April. The Office of National Statistics figures are based on actual sales across all retailers.