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Retail sales in Great Britain fall as people focus on dining out

Economists had forecast a 1.6% rise in May but drop in food shopping affects figures

Retail sales across Great Britain fell 1.4% last month as the government’s loosening of pandemic restrictions led to a drop in food shopping and an increase in eating and drinking in restaurants and bars.

The Office for National Statistics said the dip followed an exceptionally strong April, when sales rose 9.2%, as shoppers returned to the high street en masse when non-essential retailers reopened after a near four-month shutdown. Economists had forecast a 1.6% rise in sales in May.

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