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U.K. Retail Sales Extend Worst Run on Record Despite Discounting

Friday, 17 January 2020 16:47 WIB UK Retail Sales Penjualan Ritel Inggris Ekonom Inggris

U.K. consumers stayed away from the stores during the key Christmas trading period, despite widespread discounting and a break in the political impasse over Brexit.  The volume of goods sold in stores and online fell 0.6% in December, confounding expectations of a 0.6% increase. Sales excluding auto fuel dropped 0.8%.  The figures, which include Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will stoke speculation that Bank of England policy makers could cut interest rates this month for the first time since the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.  Weak growth and inflation figures this week have added to expectations fueled by dovish comments from BOE Governor Mark Carney and...

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