Department store sales inch up after six months of decline

Shoppers bought more from department stores in July

Department store sales volumes have edged up for the first time this year, according to official data.

The quantity of goods bought at department stores rose 1.6% in July, according to the ONS survey for July. The increase followed six consecutive months of decline.

The ONS observed: “Department stores have been declining from January 2019, partly because of store closures but July’s growth bucks this trend.”

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