UK retail sales declined 5.1% in March; the biggest fall since 1996
The UK retail sales dropped -5.1 per cent in March compared with the previous month, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. This was the biggest monthly fall on record following the official government guidance for lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. The data covered the period from March 1 to April 4, in this reporting period two weeks covered the time when lockdown measures were in place.
In the three months to March, the retail sales volume fell by 1.6 per cent compared with the previous three months. While food and online shopping rose, and alcohol sales jumped by 31%. But clothes sales tumbled by 34%. Department stores also witnessed monthly sales growth in March — up 2.8% — helped by their online sales capability. Non-store retailing, covering online, rose 5.9%.
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