MADRID, October 22 (European press) –
UK retail sales fell 0.2% last September, after falling 0.6% in August, extending declines in the worst performance of British trade to five consecutive months since the Office for National Statistics (ONS) began collecting data in 1996.
“Retail sales volume has decreased every month since April 2021 when non-essential stores reopened and retail sales reached much higher levels than before the pandemic,” the Office for National Statistics said.
Despite being the longest consecutive monthly decline in the historical series, which began in February 1996, retail sales in September remained 4.2% above the corresponding level in February 2020, the last month before the pandemic.
“Despite the easing of restrictions due to Covid-19 in the summer of 2021, retail sales in stores remain moderate,” the British Statistics Office said, noting that for its part, 27.9% in August, well above 19.7% in February. 2020.