UK retail sales hit by wet weather

Friday 21 February 2014 10.10
Underlying UK retail sales positive despite hit from wet weather in January
Underlying UK retail sales positive despite hit from wet weather in January

UK retail sales slipped back during a weather-hit January but are still in a much healthier state than a year ago, official figures showed today.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said sales volumes were 4.3% higher in January when compared with a year earlier, although the figure was 1.5% lower against the previous month following a bumper Christmas.

Household goods stores are leading the sales revival among Britain's retailers, with volumes up by 9.8% in the best monthly performance since 2007.

Economists said the underlying picture for the retail sector was positive, particularly given the impact of wet weather in the month.