UK Industry trends:

Petrol, driving, and car maintenance down 0-5%.

Bicycle sales up.

Doughnuts, sausage rolls and other baked goods up, around 5%.

Ted Baker (the high-end fashion company) reports six month sales up 17% on the same period last year.

Asda, the low-end retailer, increased the dividend paid to its US parent company by £50m (from £100m to £150m) although pre-tax  profits fell by £60m (from just under £800m to £740m).

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