Food sales last month were almost flat compared to May, new figures show.

The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor found food sales were up by just 0.1% in June over the month before.

Retail sales across all sectors were up 1.2% on a like-for-like basis compared to June 2009, with total sales up 3.4%.

“Despite a boost from the World Cup and some hot weather, the better weeks for food and drink sales in June were cancelled out by the poorer ones, leaving the month’s sales growth broadly in line with May,” said IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

“England’s matches during the World Cup prompted major uplifts, but the exit from the competition slowed food and drink sales growth in the last week of the month.”

She added: “Limited inflation in most grocery categories, pervasive media coverage of the government’s austerity agenda and the likelihood of further economic uncertainty all add up to nervous shoppers and a challenging environment in which to grow sales.”

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