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British retail sales fall by 0.5 pct in May

English.news.cn   2014-06-20 07:42:34

LONDON, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Britain's retail sales quantity including auto fuel decreased by 0.5 percent in May 2014, compared with a month before, said Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday.

Compared with the same month of last year, however, the quantity bought increased by 3.9 percent in May.

To split the industry data, food sales inched up 0.7 percent on year-on-year basis in May, sales in non-food store and non-store retailing increased by 6.0 percent and 18.9 percent respectively, while fuel stores sales decreased by 3.2 percent, said ONS.

In term of the amount spent, retail industry's sales in May increased by 3.2 percent on year-on-year basis, but shrank by 0.5 percent compared with April, data showed.

The amount spent online grew by 15.1 percent in May year-on-year.

Average prices of goods sold in May showed continued deflation of 0.7 percent, with fuel once again providing the largest contribution, falling by 2.2 percent, said ONS.

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