Retail sales rose again in July, but shops are still trying to make up lost ground, industry body figures suggest.
They show the number of visits to High Streets is still down significantly as people shop online instead.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said some retailers continue to struggle due to the coronavirus crisis, and it made a fresh call for government help with rents.
The housing ministry said landlords and tenants should “find solutions that work for both parties”.
Retail sales rose for the second consecutive month in July, the BRC said, up 3.2% compared with the same month last year. But the picture for retailers was mixed.
Food sales continued to be strong, while furniture and homeware sales also did well as people “increasingly invest in their time at home”, the BRC-KPMG retail sales report found.
Online shopping remained “prominent” in July,