In April, UK retail sales increased by 3.7 per cent on a like-for-like basis from April 2018, when they had decreased 4.2 per cent from preceding year. The 2-year average like-for-like change was -0.3 per cent per annum. The April figures are positively distorted by timing of the run-up to Easter, which is in April this year compared to March in previous year.