NEW store space and the Internet kept retail sales positive in June though like-for-like sales declined by 0.5 percent against the same month last year, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Its monthly Retail Sales Monitor said total sales were up 0.2 percent during the month, having grown 1.4 per cent year-on-year in May.

Poor weather hit some categories, including apparel and footwear, while the EU referendum prompted many consumers to hold back from spending in others.

David McCorquodale, head of retail at survey sponsor KPMG, said: “While the ramifications from the Brexit vote may well affect consumer confidence, retailers will be hoping the long-promised heatwave and potential stay-at-home holidays will be enough to drive shoppers back to the high-streets.”

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