LONDON (AP) -- Official figures show that retail sales in Britain rose more than anticipated during August, a development that gave the pound a further boost.
The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that retail sales during the month rose by 1 percent. That was ahead of market expectations for a modest 0.2 percent increase.
The increase means retail sales have risen for the three months in a row, the first such sequence since the spring of 2015.
The figures contributed to a sharp spike in the value of the pound, as traders think a November interest rate increase from the Bank of England is now even more likely. The pound is up 0.5 percent on the day, at $1.3580.