The British Retail Consortium is to split its Shop Price Index to cover food and non-food separately. A BRC spokesman explained: "You'll be able to see the split between the trend in food inflation and non-food inflation separately. The total SPI will still be given. The aim is to provide quality information on the retail sector for those with an interest in it such as the Bank of England." The new version SPI will be launched on July 4. The BRC published its first Retail Confidence Indicator this week. According to the new measure, weekly confidence as of May 24 was high at 52.7 index points. Retail sales and consumer confidence boosted the score. Figures are calculated by combining BRC and Office of National Statistics data, company reports and industry surveys. {{NEWS }}