UK retail gross sales posted their largest quarterly fall in seven years in March, as the costs of on a regular basis items continued to climb.
Gross sales had been down 1.four% year-on-year on a quarterly foundation, and down 1.eight% in contrast with February 2017, in response to the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS).
It said demand had fallen for all sorts of products apart from textiles, clothes and footwear.
The most important falls had been seen in gross sales of family items and petrol.
Kate Davies, senior statistician on the ONS, mentioned: “In the present day’s retail gross sales figures present a decline on the month and on the three months to March.
“That is the primary time we have seen a quarterly decline since 2013, and it appears to be a consequence of worth will increase throughout a complete vary of sectors.”
The ONS mentioned common retailer costs had elevated by three.three% on the 12 months, the best progress since March 2012.
The most important contribution got here from petrol stations, the place costs had been up by some 16.four% on the 12 months.