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April 24, 2020, 2:09 a.m. EDT

U.K. retail sales fall by largest percentage on record in March

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By Steve Goldstein

U.K. retail sales skidded 5.8% in the 12 months ending March, in the worst ever fall as many stores stopped trading on March 23 due to the lockdown from the pandemic outbreak, the Office for National Statistics said Friday. Food stores and non-store retailing were the only sectors to show growth. Online sales as a proportion of all retailing reached a record high of 22.3%.

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