Retail sales fall for fifth consecutive month, say ONS


Retail sales continued to fall during December, according to the latest Office for National Statistics data.

During December, the quantity bought fell by 0.6% compared to the previous month. This was the fifth consecutive month of decline.

Sales during the three months to December 2019 also fell by 1% compared with the previous three months. This was the largest decline since March 2017.

Department store and textile, clothing and footwear store sales fell 1.8% and 2% respectively during the month of December compared with November.

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