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Markets / DATA & RESEARCH / May.09

April showers drown retail sales

Weak figures from BRC monthly monitor

 

hsThe British Retail Consortium, the pressure group whose members comprise most of the UK's largest retailers, says the wettest April since records began hampered retail sales last month.

 

Like for like sales declined 3.3 per cent on April 2011, according to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor, and fell 1 per cent overall.

 

Non-store sales, which besides online also include mail-order and telephone sales, were 9 per cent up on April last year, but this represented the slowest rate of growth since November.

 

The BRC said food sales fell back below year-earlier levels when they had benefited from Easter buying, adding that record April rainfall and chilly temperatures hit clothing and footwear sales. It said some smaller homewares did well, but big-ticket struggled and was promotion led.

 

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