Worst year for the high street

Western Mail - - NEWS -

THE UK high street is suf­fer­ing its worst year on record as in-store sales de­cline for the eighth month in a row, fig­ures show.

Sales were down 2.7% year-onyear in Septem­ber, mark­ing the eighth con­sec­u­tive neg­a­tive month for in-store buy­ing and the 12th month since growth ex­ceeded 1% for re­tail­ers, ac­cord­ing to ad­vi­sory firm BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker.

The fig­ures were tem­pered slightly by non-store sales growth of 11.6% year-on-year, but even this was the third-low­est monthly in­crease this year and the worst non-store Septem­ber per­for­mance for at least eight years.

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