Food and drink sales were strong in January, despite increased prices on fresh produce and spirits, according to two British Retail Consortium reports. The BRC shop price index indicates fresh produce rose in price due to bad weather. Prices were up by 0.9% in January 2002 compared to January 2001, but were lower than three years ago. The BRC KPMG retail sales monitor for January says that food and drink sales continued to perform well, with strong results in wines and spirits. There was overall growth in retail sales of 6% on a like-for-like basis, with total annual sales growth increasing to 8.3% in January, from 8.1% in December. {{NEWS }}