Coronavirus: Retail sales fall by record 18.1% in April

A report from Sky News has suggested that clothing sales were cut in half during the month of April  2020- among number of sectors that felt the pain from lockdown as people can no longer do their summer holiday shops due to travel suspensions.

The Sky report has recorded that the volume of retail sales in April fell by a record 18.1% as stores were forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus lockdown, this has also impacted online sales due to people not being able to travel anywhere this summer.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics follow a 5.2% fall in March, which was a record at the time and came as many UK retail businesses shut down due to government measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

Among the sectors to suffer was clothing, where sales plummeted by 50.2% in April compared with March, which had seen a 34.9% fall.

The only bright spots for retailers were a record increase in non-store retailing of 18% and an increase in sales for alcohol stores of 2.3%.

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