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Retail sales growth slows in February

The volume of retail sales in February rose 0.4% year on year, the lowest growth for fourteen years, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Retail sales volumes at non-specialised stores decreased by 5.2% compared to February last year. Non-store retailing and repair, which includes internet sales, was up 8.9% in February year on year.

Sales volumes in February, were 1.9% lower than in January, with all sectors showing a decrease. Sales volumes in textile, clothing and footwear stores fell by 3.7%.

Retail sales volume in the three months to February rose by 2% compared with the previous three months.Within predominantly non-food stores, the largest increase was for textile, clothing and footwear stores which increased by 4.6 %, the largest rise since November 2001, when it was 5.9%.

Total sales volume in the three months to February was 3% higher than the same period a year ago. Sales in predominantly non-food stores increased by 3.5%. Within predominantly non-food stores, the largest increase was for textile, clothing and footwear stores at 6.6 %, the largest rise since May 2007 when it was 6.9%. Non-specialised stores showed no growth.

The seasonally adjusted value of retail sales for the three months to February was 1.9% higher than in the same period a year earlier and February was 0.4% higher than in February 2008.

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