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Retail sales experience shock fall as shoppers head out to restaurants

independent– Retail sales in Great Britain fell sharply in July, as consumers skipped shopping to head out to restaurants and pubs.

Retail sale volumes dropped 2.5 percent from the month before, according to the Office for National Statistics, despite economists predicting a small rise of 0.4 per cent. This is the biggest drop in sales since January when Britain returned to lockdown.

In June, sales rose by 0.5 per cent.

Retailers reported that England’s success in the Euro 2020 football tournament and bad weather kept shoppers away from stores, the Office for National Statistics said.

Analysts also predicted that the impact of the fast-spreading Delta variant could also be behind the sudden drop.

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