Retail sales grew by 0.2% in August thanks to the 'back to school' season, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS has reported weak growth in retail sales over the summer, but compared with August last year, sales were up 3.7%.

Clothing sales were responsible for the bulk of the increase, particularly school uniforms at smaller retailers. Large retailers benefited from an increase in online sales, the figure show.

Strong wage growth, indicated in yesterday's unemployment figures, andlow inflation boosted consumer spending, the ONS explained.