Retail sales fall 1.6% in August as cost of living begins to bite

The report found that non-food stores sales volumes fell by 1.9% over the month, following falls in each of its sub-sectors: other non-food stores (negative 2.8%), department stores (negative 2.7%), household goods stores (negative 1.1%) and clothing stores (negative 0.6%).

Retail sales fell by 1.6% in August this year, due to rising prices and cost of living which are affecting sales volumes, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

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