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UK Retail Sales Drops 1.3 Percent Due to Bad Weather

Retail sales in April were 1.3% lower than in March as bad weather continued to dent spending.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said retail sales volumes last month were 0.5% higher than a year earlier, much less than expected.

The ONS said that sales of garden furniture and barbecue food were especially hard hit last month.

Total food sales plunged 4.1% in April, their largest monthly fall in almost two years.

“Feedback from large food store retailers suggested that the cold weather continued to impact on sales,” said the ONS.

“In particular, the weather hindered sales within their spring and summer ranges.”

via BBC [1]

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