UK retailers suffer record fall in April amid lockdown

Members of the public pass closed shops in Central London Britain. EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER

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British retail sales fell by the most on record in April as much of the sector was shuttered by the government’s coronavirus lockdown, official figures showed on Friday.

Sales volumes fell 18.1% in April from March, a bigger fall than a median forecast for a drop of 16% in a Reuters poll of economists.

Among the sectors to suffer was clothing, where sales plummeted by 50.2% in April compared with March, which itself had seen a 34.9% fall.

The volume of goods sold by household stores fell 45.4%, on the back of an 8.7% drop from February to March.

Via Reuters

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