While rain and cold put a damper on clothes and food sales, holiday firms such as easyJet profited from dank season

The chilly August that just capped off the coldest British summer in three years meant mixed fortunes for businesses. It was a washout for clothes retailers but sunny times for cut-price airlines. Bookings slumped for campsites in some parts of the country, but crowds flocked to some indoor attractions.

The soggy bank holiday in many parts of the country ensured it was the wettest end to the summer in 50 years in Dorset, Hampshire and Guernsey, according to the Met Office. Cornwall and the south coast had to cope with up to three times the average rainfall for August.

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