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UK retail sales fall in September as shoppers buy less food


(Reuters) - British retail sales fell by the most in six months in September after a large drop in food purchases, which followed an unusually warm summer that had encouraged Britons to splash out on barbecues.Retail sales volumes in September dropped by 0.8 percent from August - a bigger fall than economists had expected in a Reuters poll - after the largest decline in food purchases since October 2015, the Office for National Statistics said.Annual sales volume growth slowed to 3.0 percent from 3.4 percent, in contrast to the pick-up expected by economists, though looking at the quarter as ...

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First Published: Thu, October 18 2018. 14:05 IST