Exclusive: White House advances drone and missile sales to Taiwan – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is moving forward with more sales of sophisticated military equipment to Taiwan, telling Congress on Tuesday that it will seek to sell Taipei MQ-9 drones and a coastal defensive missile system, sources familiar with the situation said.

The possible sales follow three other notifications first reported by Reuters on Monday that drew China’s ire as the United States prepares for its Nov. 3 election.

One of the eight sources said that in total the sales were valued at around $5 billion. Very often figures for U.S. foreign military sales include costs for training, spares and fees making the values difficult to pinpoint.

Reuters broke the news in September that as many as seven major weapons systems were making their way through the U.S. export process as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.

The pre-notification to Congress for the General Atomics-made MQ-9 drones is the first after President Donald Trump’s administration moved ahead with its plan to sell more drones to more countries by reinterpreting an international arms control agreement called the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

Tuesday’s other congressional pre-notification was for land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles, made by Boeing Co BA.N, to serve as coastal defense cruise missiles. One of the sources said the approximately 100 cruise missiles that were notified to Capitol Hill would have a cost of about $2 billion.

Representatives for the U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Taiwan government source acknowledged that “Taiwan has five weapon systems that are moving through the process.”

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees have the right to review, and block, weapons sales under an informal review process before the State Department sends its formal notification to the legislative branch.

A general view of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Leaders of the committees were notified that the planned weapons sales had been approved by the U.S. State Department which oversees foreign military sales, said the sources, who are familiar with the situation but declined to be identified.

Reuters reported on Monday that informal notifications had already been sent to Congress for a truck-based rocket launcher made by Lockheed Martin Corp LMT.N called a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), long-range air-to-ground missiles made by Boeing called SLAM-ER, and external sensor pods for F-16 jets that allow the real-time transmission of imagery and data from the aircraft back to ground stations.

When asked about Tuesday’s tranche of congressional notifications the Chinese Embassy in Washington referred to an overnight statement from Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

Zhao said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan severely damaged China’s sovereignty and security interests. He urged Washington to clearly recognize the harm they caused and immediately cancel them, adding: “China will make a legitimate and necessary response according to how the situation develops.”

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Exclusive: White House advances drone and missile sales to Taiwan

By Mike Stone, Patricia Zengerle and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is moving forward with more sales of sophisticated military equipment to Taiwan, telling Congress on Tuesday that it will seek to sell Taipei MQ-9 drones and a coastal defensive missile system, sources familiar with the situation said.

The possible sales follow three other notifications first reported by Reuters on Monday that drew China’s ire as the United States prepares for its Nov. 3 election.

One of the eight sources said that in total the sales were valued at around $5 billion. Very often figures for U.S. foreign military sales include costs for training, spares and fees making the values difficult to pinpoint.

Reuters broke the news in September that as many as seven major weapons systems were making their way through the U.S. export process as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.

The pre-notification to Congress for the General Atomics-made MQ-9 drones is the first after President Donald Trump’s administration moved ahead with its plan to sell more drones to more countries by reinterpreting an international arms control agreement called the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

Tuesday’s other congressional pre-notification was for land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles, made by Boeing Co, to serve as coastal defense cruise missiles. One of the sources said the approximately 100 cruise missiles that were notified to Capitol Hill would have a cost of about $2 billion.

Representatives for the U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Taiwan government source acknowledged that “Taiwan has five weapon systems that are moving through the process.”

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees have the right to review, and block, weapons sales under an informal review process before the State Department sends its formal notification to the legislative branch.

Leaders of the committees were notified that the planned weapons sales had been approved by the U.S. State Department which oversees foreign military sales, said the sources, who are familiar with the situation but declined to be identified.

Reuters reported on Monday that informal notifications had already been sent to Congress for a truck-based rocket launcher made by Lockheed Martin Corp called a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), long-range air-to-ground missiles made by Boeing called SLAM-ER, and external sensor pods for F-16 jets that allow the real-time transmission of imagery and data from the aircraft back to ground stations.

When asked about Tuesday’s tranche of congressional notifications the Chinese Embassy in Washington referred to an overnight statement from Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

Zhao said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan severely damaged China’s sovereignty and security interests. He urged Washington to clearly recognize the harm they caused and immediately cancel them, adding: “China will make a legitimate and necessary response according to how the situation develops.”

China considers Taiwan a wayward province that it has vowed to reunite with the mainland, by force if necessary, but Washington considers it

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Exclusive: White House Moves Forward on Two More Arms Sales to Taiwan – Sources | World News

By Mike Stone, Patricia Zengerle and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is moving forward with more sales of sophisticated military equipment to Taiwan, telling Congress on Tuesday that it will seek to sell MQ-9 drones and a coastal defensive missile system, five sources familiar with the situation said.

The possible sales, which are likely to anger China in the run-up to the Nov. 3 U.S. election, follows three notifications first reported by Reuters on Monday.

China considers Taiwan a wayward province that it has vowed to reunite with the mainland, by force if necessary.

Reuters broke the news in September that as many as seven major weapons systems were making their way through the U.S. export process as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.

The pre-notification to Congress for the MQ-9 drone case is the first after President Donald Trump’s administration moved ahead with its plan to sell more drones to more countries by reinterpreting an international arms control agreement called the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees have the right to review, and block, weapons sales under an informal review process before the State Department sends its formal notification to the legislative branch.

(Reporting by Mike Stone, Patricia Zengerle and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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The best kitchen deals at Target and Walmart’s big Prime Day-style sales

All of you kitchen and cookware deal-hunters (and anyone hoping to get a jump on holiday shopping) may want to listen up. As is well documented, Amazon’s Prime Day
has moved from its usual home in July to Oct. 13 (that’s today!) and 14. Prime Day is already popping off with big savings on some of the best kitchen gear, small kitchen appliances and quality cookware, and we’ll be bringing you all of the best deals in real-time as they roll out. Not to be outdone, Target and Walmart have jumped in on the Prime Day hoopla, launching major online sales of their own. Some of the best kitchen deals, like Keurig coffee machines, Instant Pots and Ninja blenders are already underway.

We’ve already begun sorting through the online sales to bring you the best of the best. Here’s what we know are already on sale so far during Target and Walmart’s big Prime Day-esque sales.

Walmart’s Big Save event

Walmart kicked off its Big Save online sales event, which will run through Oct. 15, earlier this week. The mega-retailer is doling out Black Friday-like savings on thousands of items including cookware, electronics, toys, beauty items and more. Free two-day shipping is also available on orders over $35, while some items are eligible for free next-day shipping or in-store pickup (or both). 

The best kitchen deals so far from Walmart’s Big Save sales event

Keurig

Whether it’s a single cup of joe you’re after or a full pot, this Keurig K-Duo offers the best of both worlds for an impossibly easy coffee routine in the morning.

Instant Pot

A nice 6-quart slow cooker with sear, steam, roast, bake and warm functions is also down under $50. Note, this one doesn’t pressure cook like other Instant Pots but it’s perfect for lazy, Sunday slow-cooked stews and sauces.

Ninja

Ninja makes reliable and powerful blenders at an approachable price, like this powerful 1,000-watt model currently down to $69. It’s perfect for whipping up smoothies, shakes, soups and sauces in a snap.

Nostalgia

Since we’re all watching more movies at home, why not spring for this charming popcorn maker to give the living room an arthouse cinema feel?

Target’s Deal Days event 

Target has also launched a major sale, dubbed Deal Days, that’s aligning with Prime Day (Oct. 13 to Oct. 14). Target previously teased that the online event will feature deals on “hundreds of thousands of items across its electronics, toys, beauty and home departments and will be offering contactless drive-up and order pickup on many items.”

The best kitchen deals from Target’s Deal Days

NutriBullet

Nab the easiest blender ever for shakes and smoothies at this $50 sale price. It comes with 18- and 24-ounce cups with tight-locking lids to take your morning beverage or post-workout shake out the door.

PowerXL

Get the crispy “fried” foods of your

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Sales and deals on home and kitchen

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is live and there are thousands of discounted items to shop for your home and kitchen from cookware and kitchen appliances to furniture and home goods. To help you navigate the best sales and deals during the big two-day sales event, we’ve gathered the best options right now, including Instant Pots, vacuums, air fryers and more. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your work-from-home station or elevate your kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Though Amazon started this sale in 2015, it has since grown so much that other retailers offer similarly large-scale sales during Prime Day, meaning you have more ways to save. Some of those sales are running at Shopping reader favorite retailers like Wayfair, Walmart and Target. In our coverage of Prime Day sales at Amazon, we’ll be noting top deals and highlighting comparable savings at other retailers to give you an idea of how each sale holds up against the competition. We’re going to be keeping this page updated from right now and through the end of the very last home and kitchen sale during Amazon Prime Day.

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Prime Day home and kitchen sales from other retailers

In our in-depth look at the history and impact of Prime Day, several experts told us that, as a result of the exponential growth of Prime Day (which started in 2015), other major retailers have begun running their own sales during the sales event. “Quite frankly, it has completely altered the retail calendar,” explained CNBC’s Annie Palmer. While that usually happened in July, this year it’s happening right now.

Outside of those, retailers large and small are running likewise substantial sales right now to match up against Amazon’s Prime Day sale. Here are some of the most relevant ones to Shopping readers looking to save on home and kitchen items:

  • Best Buy: Save on Dyson products, TVs and more
  • Bed Bath and Beyond: Save on select small appliances, cookware and food organizers
  • Bloomingdales: Up to 60 percent off select cookware, small appliances and more
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 20 percent off dining seating, plus save on cookware, coffee makers and more
  • The Home Depot: Up to 50 percent off select interior furniture, decor and kitchenware
  • Macy’s: Save on home and kitchen items
  • Target: Save on home electronics, decor and tech during Target’s Deal Days sales event
  • Walmart: Save on furniture, kitchen and dining items and more during Walmart’s Big Save sales event
  • Wayfair: Up to 70 percent off during the Wayfair Clearance Sale
  • Overstock: Extra 15 percent off select kitchen and dining during Overstock’s Anniversary Sale

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White House moves forward on three arms sales to Taiwan – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, sending in recent days a notification of the deals to Congress for approval, five sources said on Monday, while China threatened retaliation.

A general view of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The move in the run-up to the Nov. 3 U.S. election, first reported by Reuters, is likely to anger China, which considers Taiwan a wayward province that it has vowed to reunite with the mainland, by force if necessary.

Reuters broke the news in September that as many as seven major weapons systems were making their way through the U.S. export process as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.

Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees were notified that three of the planned weapons sales had been approved by the U.S. State Department which oversees foreign military sales, said the sources, who are familiar with the situation but declined to be identified.

The informal notifications were for a truck-based rocket launcher made by Lockheed Martin Corp called a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), long-range air-to-ground missiles made by Boeing Co called SLAM-ER, and external sensor pods for F-16 jets that allow the real-time transmission of imagery and data from the aircraft back to ground stations.

Notifications for the sale of other weapons systems, including large, sophisticated aerial drones, land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles and underwater mines, to deter amphibious landings, have yet to reach Capitol Hill, but these were expected soon, the sources said.

A State Department spokesman said: “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan severely damaged China’s sovereignty and security interests, urging Washington to clearly recognize the harm they caused and immediately cancel them.

“China will make a legitimate and necessary response according to how the situation develops,” Zhao told reporters in Beijing, without elaborating.

CONGRESSIONAL BACKING FOR TAIWAN

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees have the right to review, and block, weapons sales under an informal review process before the State Department sends its formal notification to the legislative branch.

Lawmakers, who are generally wary of what they perceive as Chinese aggression and supportive of Taiwan, were not expected to object to the Taiwan sales.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said it would comment only when there was formal notification of any arms sale. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said the government had not yet been formally notified.

“China continues to use military provocation to undermine cross-strait and regional stability, highlighting the importance of Taiwan’s strengthening of self-defense capabilities,” Ou said.

News that new arms sales were moving forward came after senior U.S. officials last week repeated calls for Taiwan to spend more on its

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Top Kitchen Sales Reviewed by Save Bubble

Save on air fryer, toaster oven, grill, smoker, blender & espresso machine deals at the Prime Day sale, featuring KitchenAid, Keurig, Nespresso, Vitamix, Ninja & Instant Pot kitchen appliance deals

Compare the latest kitchen appliance deals for Prime Day, together with savings on Instant Pot and Ninja air fryers, KitchenAid and Vitamix blenders, Keurig and Nespresso coffee makers, refrigerators, microwave and toaster ovens, grills and smokers. Links to the best deals are listed below.

Best kitchen deals:

Best air fryer deals:

Best Vitamix & blender deals:

  • Save up to $175 on blenders from Ninja, Vitamix, Nutribullet & more top-rated kitchen appliance brands – at the Amazon Prime Day sale

  • Save $175 on the Vitamix A3500 Brushed Stainless Blender at Amazon – with 5 program settings for making smoothies, dips, spreads, hot soups & frozen desserts

  • Save $100 on the Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender at Amazon – professional-grade blender with wireless connectivity & built-in digital timer

  • Save $129 on the Vitamix Variable Speed Blender at Amazon – includes accelerator tool, 2 polycarbonate containers, blade assembly, and lid

  • Save 23% on the Ninja Mega Kitchen System Blender/Food Processor at Amazon – includes an XL crushing pitcher, 2 Nutri Ninja cups & a food processor bowl

  • Save $63 on the Vitamix 5200 Blender at Amazon – 64 oz self-cleaning professional-grade blender with variable speed control

  • Save 24% on the All-Clad Cordless Hand Blender at Amazon – 5-speed, rechargeable stainless steel immersion multi-functional hand blender

  • Save 20% on the Nutri Ninja Personal Blender at Amazon – with an Auto-IQ base perfect for making juices, shakes & smoothies

Best fridge deals:

Best coffee maker deals:

Best Instant Pot & cooker deals:

Best oven & microwave deals:

Best grill & smoker deals:

  • Save up to 38% on a wide range of grills and smokers from brands like Weber, George Foreman, Cuisinart, Traeger & Masterbuilt – check the latest deals on outdoor grills, charcoal grills, propane gas grills, pellet grills & smokers

  • Save 33% on the Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill at Amazon – stainless steel indoor grill with easy-to-clean nonstick plate

  • Save $101 on the Weber Spirit II E-210 Liquid Propane Grill at Amazon – 2-burner grill with long-lasting cast-iron cooking grates & porcelain-enameled lid

  • Save $71 on the Weber Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker at Amazon – available in 14-inch, 18-inch & 22-inch models

  • Save $42 on the Dyna-Glo Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker at Amazon – equipped with six height-adjustable cooking grates & built-in thermometer

  • Save $40 on the 5-in-1 Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill at Amazon – 4 Qt 5-in-1: electric grill, air fryer, roast, bake & dehydrate

  • Save 38% on the Cuisinart Portable Charcoal Grill at Amazon – features a 150 sq in cooking grate & dual-venting system

Best KitchenAid deals:

Interested in more deals on cookers, ovens, blenders, espresso machines, grills and more kitchen appliances? Click here to access the full range of deals on Amazon’s Prime Day sale page.

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White House moving forward on arms sales to Taiwan: Report

The White House is moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, sending, in recent days, notification of the deals to Congress for approval, five sources familiar with the situation told Reuters News Agency.



a group of people standing in front of a military vehicle: The truck-based rocket launcher, also known as High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), is made by the US arms dealer Lockheed Martin [File: Francis Malasig/EPA]


© The truck-based rocket launcher, also known as High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), is ma…
The truck-based rocket launcher, also known as High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), is made by the US arms dealer Lockheed Martin [File: Francis Malasig/EPA]

The move in the run-up to the November 3 US presidential election, first reported by Reuters, is likely to anger China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province that it has pledged to reunite with the mainland, by force if necessary.

Reuters broke the news in September that as many as seven major weapons systems were making their way through the US export process as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.

Asked for a response to Monday’s news, the Chinese embassy urged Washington in an emailed statement to stop arms sales to and military ties with Taiwan, “lest it should gravely harm China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and stability.”

In the emailed statement, an embassy representative said: “China consistently and firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and has firm resolve in upholding its sovereignty and security.”

Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees were notified that three of the planned weapons sales had been approved by the US State Department which oversees Foreign Military Sales, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The informal notifications were for a truck-based rocket launcher made by Lockheed Martin Corp called a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), long-range air-to-ground missiles made by Boeing Co called SLAM-ER, and external sensor pods for F-16 jets that allow the real-time transmission of imagery and data from the aircraft back to ground stations.

Notifications for the sale of other weapons systems, including large, sophisticated aerial drones, land-based Harpoon anti-ship missiles and underwater mines, to deter amphibious landings, have yet to reach Capitol Hill, but these were expected soon, the sources said.

A State Department spokesman said: “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defence sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.”

Congressional backing for Taiwan

The US Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees have the right to review, and block, weapons sales under an informal review process before the State Department sends its formal notification to the legislative branch.

Legislators, who are generally wary of what they perceive as Chinese aggression and supportive of Taiwan, were not expected to object to the Taiwan sales.

Taiwan’s representative office in Washington said it had no comment.

News that new arms sales were moving forward came after senior US officials last week repeated calls for Taiwan to spend more on its own defence and to carry out military reforms to make clear to China the risks of attempting

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Prime Day Furniture Deals 2020: Top Early Sofa, Desk, Rug, Office Chair & Garden Patio Furniture Sales Tracked by Deal Stripe

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Here’s a guide to all the latest early furniture deals for Amazon Prime Day 2020, featuring all the latest discounts on Devoko patio dining sets, nuLOOm rugs, Amazon desks and couches, Bush office furniture, & Herman Miller office chairs. Explore the best deals using the links below.

Best sofa deals:

Best desk deals:

Best office chair deals:

Best rug deals:

Best patio furniture & hot tub deals:

Best TV stand deals:

Best coffee table deals:

Best kitchen & dining deals:

  • Save 45% on the Winsome Wood Nolan Occasional Table at Amazon – clean, traditional lines make the Nolan Coffee table a great fit for any décor and home
  • Save 41% on the WE Furniture Company Modern Farmhouse Buffet Sideboard at Amazon – rustic, modern farmhouse design style for a charming country feel
  • Save $353 on the Crosley Furniture Shelby 7-Piece Dining Set at Amazon – crafted with solid hardwood and wood veneers, with table, extension leaf, and 6 chairs
  • Save $197 on the Linon Ardmore Kitchen Nook Set at Amazon – 5-piece kitchen nook set for casual daily dining, includes table, side bench, and 3-section corner unit
  • Save $180 on the WE 6 Person Rustic Farmhouse Wood and Metal Room Kitchen Table Set at Amazon – made with solid pine wood, distressed table top and painted legs
  • Save 41% on the Christopher Knight Home Phinnaeus Fabric Dining Chairs at Amazon – (2) dining chairs, distressed wood with soft edges along the chair
  • Save 58% on the Safavieh American Homes Collection Burris Country Farmhouse Spindle Side Chair at Amazon – crafted of sustainable rubber wood, this set of two brings comfort and style to the table

Best bedroom furniture deals:

  • Save $342 on the Linon Silver Harper Vanity Set at Amazon – decorative curvy front legs, mirrored front and sides, includes Vanity and stool
  • Save $103 on the VASAGLE Tri-Folding Necklace Hooked Mirror Vanity Set at Amazon – 7 drawers, 6 organizers, makeup dressing table with cushioned stool, easy assembly
  • Save 47% on the FURINNO Andrey End Table Nightstand Set at Amazon – simple stylish design comes in set of two, are functional and suitable for any room
  • Save 48% on the WE Furniture Company Modern Round Side End Accent Table at Amazon – durable, laminate table top, end or side table or nightstand in bedroom
  • Save 52% on the Ashley Furniture Signature Design – Willowton Nightstand at Amazon – two-tone rustic nightstand, antiqued details, built-in USB port, easy assembly

More furniture deals:

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From big-ticket items to everyday essentials and groceries, thousands of items go on sale during Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day sale.

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Home improvement and stockpiling boost September UK retail sales

Consumers increased spending on improving their homes and stockpiling goods in September in preparation for a tightening of restrictions, providing a boost for retailers.

Sales in the UK rose 5.6 per cent last month compared with the same period a year ago, according to data from the British Retail Consortium and the consultancy KPMG. That was above the six-month average decline of 1.1 per cent and the best annual growth rate of any month since December 2009, it found.

“September saw a big improvement in retail sales growth,” said Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the BRC, whose survey covers about 60 per cent of the industry.

“With office workers still at home for the foreseeable future, the sales of electronics, household goods and home office products have remained high,” she added. In contrast, more time spent at home and the cancellation of public events “have continued to hold back clothing and footwear”.

Line chart of Annual % change showing UK retail sales shift online

Food retail sales also rose in September as shoppers began stockpiling in reaction to possible further restrictions, said Susan Barratt, chief executive at the grocery consultancy IGD, commenting on the BRC data.

The growth in overall retail sales does not mean that high-street retailers are out of the woods, as the shift toward online sales prompted by the lockdown continued.

Online non-food sales last month rose 37 per cent compared with the same period a year ago. In contrast, in-store sales of non-food items were still very depressed.

Retail sales were the first of the main economic indicators to rise above last year’s level back in July as consumers spent money on food and drink rather than visiting restaurants and pubs.

The BRC findings chime with a 2 per cent annual growth in consumer spending in September, according to Barclaycard data also published on Tuesday.

The payments company’s data tracks nearly half of the country’s spending on credit and debt cards. It was the largest increase since February, before a national lockdown began.

Barclaycard said spending on home improvement was up 26 per cent compared with September last year, and furniture increased 28 per cent, as Britons spend more time at home.

“We saw households preparing to spend more time inside as winter draws closer, with home improvement increasing as a result,” said Raheel Ahmed, head of consumer products at Barclaycard.

Many Britons “are still cautious about the upcoming winter months, and the subsequent uncertainty it may bring has caused some to start stockpiling once more”.

Spending on supermarkets rose 15 per cent in that period while spending on takeaways and fast food rose 26 per cent.

Spending on restaurants, travel and hospitality remained depressed. Purchases in the travel sector declined 63 per cent in September compared with the same month last year, worse than the 61 per cent fall in August.

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