UK retail sales growth flat but beats expectations

Spending on food helped offset decline in other main sectors in July, says ONS, with clothing and footwear retailers badly hit

UK high street sales remained flat in July as spending in supermarkets on food bolstered declining sales across all other main sectors.

The Office for National Statistics said growth in retail sales volumes was static at 0.3% after revising the figure for June down to the same level, although the result still beat analysts’ expectations for a modest rise of 0.2%.

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