Despite the slide in consumer confidence, UK retail sales continue to recover from their slump earlier this year.
The Office for National Statistics reports that sales volumes swelled by 1.5% last month, compared to August, and were 4.7% higher than a year ago.
Over the last quarter, sales are a record 17.4% higher — and around 5.5% higher than before the pandemic started in February.
Spending on household goods has been particularly robust, with millions of office staff still working from home. But fuel and clothing sales are weak – again, with much fewer people commuting than usual, and rather less opportunity to socialise too.