According to the latest CBI Quarterly Distributive Trades Survey, retail sales were broadly flat in the year to May following strong growth in April*.
The findings show that orders placed with suppliers dropped slightly on a year ago, as did year-on-year internet sales growth. Whilst total retail sales are expected to rise somewhat in June, growth is still set to remain below the long-run average.
Commenting on the findings, Alpesh Paleja, CBI Principal Economist, says: “Retail sales flattened out this month, as the bounce in April unwound. It’s clear that households are increasingly feeling the pinch, as rising inflation pushes down on real earnings. Taken together with higher import cost pressures from a weaker pound, this is creating a challenging environment for retailers.”
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