Retail sales slump below pre-Covid levels in September

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Retail sales volumes slumped to below pre-Covid levels in September as sluggish consumer confidence and store closures during the Queen’s funeral impacted performance. 

Sales volumes excluding fuel slumped 6.2% year on year and were down 0.3% compared to February 2020 levels, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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