Hot weather and school holidays contributed to another month of strong grocery sales in July, according to KPMG and the British Retail Consortium. The Retail Sales Monitor for July says beers, wines and spirits had a strong month, along with barbecue products. Hot weather boosted sales of ice creams and soft drinks. The retail industry as a whole enjoyed a good month with total like-for-like sales up 6.1%. Meanwhile, the BRC's Shop Index revealed that food prices fell last month for the first time this year, with shoppers particularly benefiting from discounts on beef and other cold meats. That ensured overall retail prices decreased 1.06% in July. {{NEWS }}