UK retail sales fell by more than expected in October as shoppers cut back on food and clothing purchases, official data shows.
The Office for National Statistics said sales volumes fell 0.8% last month, having risen by 0.5% in September.
Food stores reported the biggest monthly decline in sales since November 2011.
Compared with a year earlier, retail sales were up 0.6%, although this was also below analysts’ forecasts.
Analysts had expected a fall in October of about 0.2%, and the steeper decline may add to worries about economic growth following Wednesday’s Bank of England warning about the UK recovery.
via BBC 
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