A flat Christmas is the most positive outcome UK retailers can expect.
Food sales comfortably outperformed the rest of UK retail over the past three months, figures from the British Retail Consortium show. On a like-for-like basis, food sales between August and October were up by 1.8% over the equivalent term last year – and up 4.9% overall.
Retail sales in the UK at Alliance Boots edged up by just 0.7% in the six months to 30 September. The chemist said it had been hit by the weaker economy and reduced shopper numbers on the high street, especially outside London and the southeast.
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