A fall in retail sales between May and June hit a new low, the 3.9% slump being the largest since Office for National Statistics records began in 1986.

June sees record-breaking retail sales slump

A fall in retail sales between May and June hit a new low, the 3.9% slump being the largest since Office for National Statistics records began in 1986.

June sees record-breaking retail sales slump

Sales in non-food stores dropped by 4.5% and in food stores by 3.6%. Both were the largest falls recorded.

However, sales volume in the three months April to June rose by

0.6% compared with the previous three months, following 1.6% growth in the three months to May.

In non-food stores sales were up 1.1% over the three months.

Over the same three months total sales were 4.4% higher than in the same period a year ago, with non-food stores showing a 4.9% increase.

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