Retail sales fell 3.1 percent in April according to the British Retail Consortium with some of the drop-off down to the earlier Easter this year.


The stores group said the decline represented the sharpest fall in year-on-year sales since its began measuring the data 23 years ago.

The BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor showed like-for-like retail sales — which strip out the effect of new and closed space — were down 4.2 percent compared with April 2017.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said a fall in sales this April was almost inevitable given the timing of Easter, but cautioned that "the underlying trend in sales growth is heading downwards."

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