Printer Friendly

Riots hit sales in UK shops.

RETAIL sales volumes fell 0.2% in August, official figures said, as violent riots earlier in the month triggered store closures across the country.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said while it was impossible to quantify, there was clear evidence the widespread looting in early August had an impact on retail trade.

However, some stores believed they benefited from the riots as consumers altered their shopping behaviour by seeking alternatives to shops which had closed and moved to avoid the violence. The shocking scenes, which led to thousands of arrests across Britain's biggest cities, added to the wider malaise swamping the retail sector, which has been knocked sideways by a consumer spending squeeze, driven by high prices and low wages.

The drop in August sales volumes, compared with 0.2% growth in July, was driven by most retail sectors with the greatest decrease in department stores.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2011 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 16, 2011
Previous Article:Talented Thomas beats 3,000 for theatre school; Teen to study for degree.
Next Article:Winning smiles; Still time to join the search for our Baby of the Year.

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