Retail sales slump 2.3% in April amid wet weather

Across non-food stores, sales volumes fell by 4.1% in April, marking the joint largest fall, alongside December 2023, since January 2021

Retail sales fell by 2.3% in volume over April, following a fall of 0.2% in March, as the retail sector was hampered by ongoing wet weather over the period. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), sales volumes were down across most sectors, with non-food stores particularly “doing badly” as poor weather hit footfall. 

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