Retail sales slump over key Christmas period

30th January 2020 / NewsBits
  • High street sales in Britain slumped in December as consumers reined in their spending over the pivotal Christmas shopping period.
  • Retail sales failed to rise for a record fifth month in a row – the longest period since 1996 – as household spending plunged by 0.6% on the month, below all estimates made by City economists.
  • In a reflection of the difficult trading conditions facing retailers – after a series of disappointing trading updates for the festive period from firms including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer – consumer spending over the final three months of the year fell by 1% from the previous quarter.
  • Sales growth for the year as a whole slowed to 0.9%.

Source: Guardian Business


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