UK retail sales growth slows more than expected

UK retail sales growth slowed more than predicted in the month of September, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The figures showed that total sales fell by 0.8% when compared with August, making it much lower than the 0.1% drop that was expected.

Year-on-year retail growth for Q3 overall was 1.3%, which is the weakest rate of annual growth since Q2 in 2013.

This slow growth has been attributed to inflation, as consumers have less disposable income. Inflation was at a five year high of 3% in September and is expected to increase a little above that in October.

Kate Davies, ONS senior statistician, said: “September’s retail sales saw a monthly decline of 0.8%, reversing August’s growth. However, there is a continuation of the underlying trend of steady growth in sales volumes following a weak start to the year, and a background of generally rising prices.

“These increased costs are reflected in the more rapid growth in the amount spent when compared with the quantity bought.”

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Shekina Tuahene

Shekina is a multimedia journalist who has lived in London all her life. She is an alumnus of University of Greenwich and Brunel. Shekina loves to read, travel, socialise and listen to music. If you have any story or feature ideas, feel free to drop her a line.

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