Retail sales stalled in July despite clothing boom

UK RETAIL sales growth slowed in July, despite a big rise in clothing purchases, and is expected to weaken further next month, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed. The retail sales balance fell for a second successive month after hitting a five-month high in May, dropping to 21 in July from 29 in June. While clothing sales were high, food and shoe sales were flat.

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