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Shoppers keep calm and carry on
Despite a testing backdrop for UK shoppers, total retail sales rose 1.4% in January 2018, versus 0.1% growth in January 2017, according to the latest (6 Feb) BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor.
On a like-for-like basis, UK retail sales crept 0.6% higher, a pretty solid performance, albeit one delivered against a weak prior year comparative. ‘The figures paint the same old picture of divided fortunes for food and non-food sales,’ comments BRC CEO Helen Dickinson.
Food sales continue to be much stronger than non-food sales (JC)