Retail sales fell slightly in the month of August, despite an otherwise healthy summer of spending, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
The data for the month of August showed that retail sales fell 0.2% when compared with July, which saw a 0.4% uptick and a 1% increase in June.
The ONS blamed the first sales downturn since May on what it called the largest monthly fall in online sales since August 2015, and end of pre-summer holiday promotional activity.
Ecommerce sales fell to 19.7% in August, down from 19.9% in July.
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