Printer Friendly

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.
COPYRIGHT 2012 Coventry Newpapers
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 24, 2012
Words:107
Previous Article:FirstGroup signals bus overhaul; business Business briefing.
Next Article:Firms 'have been failed by coalition' business Business briefing.
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters