Surprise jump in UK retail sales

UK retail sales rose much faster than originally forecast in February, suggesting that the economy's excellent recovery extended into the first quarter of 2014.
Sales in February were 3.7% higher than a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists had expected retail sales to improve, but only by 0.5% in February and 2.5% on the year.
The pound rose to $1.6627 after the retail sales data, from $1.6570 beforehand.
The welcoming figures come two days after inflation was shown to have fallen to 1.7% - its lowest level since October 2009.

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