U.K retail sales fell 3.8%

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British retail sales fell 3.8% on the month in November when a four-week lockdown in England closed stores selling non-essential goods to the public, official figures showed on today.

Compared with a year earlier, sales volumes in November were up 2.4%, the Office for National Statistics said, below the 2.8% increase forecast in a Reuters poll of economists, although the decline in November alone was less than predicted.