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Rain dampens clothing sales; business Business briefing.

CLOTHING retailers suffered their worst sales performance in nearly four years in April, official figures showed, as heavy rain dampened demand for a new summer wardrobe.

Clothing sales volumes plunged 5.2% month on month in April, the lowest level since June 2008, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, as retailers failed to shift summer clothing stocked up in unseasonably warm March.

Total retail sales volumes plunged by a worse-than-expected 2.3% on the month, the lowest level in nearly two-and-a-half years, although this was distorted by a record plunge in petrol and diesel sales following the threat of a fuel tanker strike the previous month.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 24, 2012
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