Retail sales down again in May
Retail sales slipped again in May. Like-for-like sales values fell by 0.8 per cent in May, rising 0.8 per cent on a total basis, compared to May 2008.
Food sales slowed after a strong Easter in April, clothing and footwear saw growth fall below May last year and homewares and furniture sectors remained difficult, according to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. Online retailing, however, saw growth of 7.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.
“Sun and Bank Holidays don't a recovery make,” says BRC director general Stephen Robertson. “But this May was always going to be difficult because the comparison is with strong May sales last year which delivered some of 2008's best growth figures... Negative results show spring has been extremely difficult for most non-food retailers. The turnaround in sales of big ticket items such as furniture and large electrical, which would indicate real change in the mood of customers, still eludes us.”
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