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UK retail sales fell in December, according to ONS

UK retail sales fell at a seasonally-adjusted 0.1% in December from the month before, official figures suggest.

Compared with a year earlier, the quantity of goods sold rose a worse-than-expected 0.3%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This was the slowest annual growth rate for a December since 1998 - except for December 2010, when sales were hit by heavy snow, the ONS said.

Emma Simpson reports.

  • 18 Jan 2013