Retail sales growth hampered by storms, says BRC

High-Street

Retail sales in February were hampered by three named storms during the month, according to the latest BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor.

On a total basis, sales increased by 0.1% in the four weeks to February 29, against an increase of 3.2% in February 2019. This was above the 12-month average decline of 0.2%.

However, UK retail sales decreased 0.4% on a like-for-like basis, compared with an increase of 2.6% the previous year.

Food sales increased 0.3% on a like-for-like basis and 1% on a total basis in the three months to February. This is below the 12-month total average growth of 1.2%.

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