UK retail sales experienced a modest recovery in June, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics. Sales increased 0.3% by volume and 0.7% by value against figures for May, with early summer sales cited as a reason for the uplift. “The retail sales figures were much as we expected, with a strong bounce back in June partly reflecting early summer sales,” said Philip Shaw of investment group Investec. “That really implies that sales could fall back in July because of the change in timing of High Street discounting.” Over the period June 2010 to June 2011, the value of sales increased by 4%, with volumes up 0.4%. Over this period, the food store sector decreased 4.2%, the largest fall since records began in 1988. In contrast, non-food stores experienced a 0.9% rise, with non-store retailing up 24.4%, the largest rise on record for this sector. Approximately £32.1bn was spent on retail goods during June 2011, up from £30.9bn in the same month last year.