Food and drink sales are continuing to outshine the rest of the retail sector, new figures have shown today.

However, retailers were robbed of the potential of an August boom by the bad weather.

Food and drink sales were up 1.5% year on year in August, according to the results from the BRC, compared to a 0.6% fall across retail as a whole.

The survey also suggests the riots were not widespread or prolonged enough to have had a significant impact, with poor consumer confidence, high inflation and the on-going squeeze on personal finances far bigger threats.

“It remains a tale of two halves. The food sector has proved more resilient but non-food retail showed a marked decrease in sales year-on-year,” said BRC director general Stephen Robertson,

Chief executive of IGD, Joanne Denney-Finch, said: “August’s food and drink sales had a good start, but tailed off as the month progressed. The coolest summer for nearly 20 years and faltering global stock markets dented shopper confidence.”