Retail washout in July after end of Euros and heavy rainfall dampen sales
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 20/08/2021
Retail suffered a washout last month as the end of the Euro 2020 tournament combined with wet weather dampened sales.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales volumes in July were 2.5% lower than the previous month taking them to the lowest level since shops reopened in April after the lockdown.
It was a worse than expected decline and came after food store sales were boosted in June by the Euros.
Grocery retailers were also not helped by the further easing of pandemic restrictions, which opened up more places for consumers to spend their money.
The ONS also said heavy rainfall saw road usage fall, prompting lower fuel demand.
Clothing retailers, already under pressure, suffered a further decline while second-hand, computer and telecoms equipment shops also saw a slide.
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