By Daniel Hunter
UK retail sales grew 0.8% in October, compared with September, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Compared with October 2013, sales were up 4.3%.
The rises were largely due to a fall in prices over the year. On average, prices fell by 1.5% - the biggest decline since December 2002. It was largely driven by the fall in petrol prices which brought inflation down.
Ian Geddes, UK head of retail at business services group Deloitte, said: "A stronger than expected month, albeit driven by discounting, will bring some cheer as we start the run-up to Christmas."