UK retailers cut jobs by most since 2009: CBI
British retailers cut jobs by the largest amount since the depths of the financial crisis during the year to August and expect the pace of losses to accelerate, the Confederation of British Industry said.
The CBI data also showed an unexpected drop in its monthly retail sales balance, which fell to -6 in August from July's 15month high of +4. This was below all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists, which had predicted a strengthening to +8.
The downbeat tone of the CBI data contrasts with most other indicators, including official figures which showed the volume of retail sales rose above pre-pandemic levels in July.
However, economists have warned that they expect sentiment to deteriorate as job losses mount and a government job support scheme ends in October.
"Trading conditions for the retail sector remain tough, even against the backdrop of business slowly returning.