MAY 2009: Worst sales fall for almost 9 years

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Like-for-like sales in May were 1.2% lower than in May 2008, when they had risen 2.4%. Total sales in May were 2.7% up on a year ago.

May’s like-for-like decline was the worst since August 2000, but was against a relatively strong 2.4% gain in May 2008, when the weather was warmer and sunnier than this May.

Food sales growth slowed and non-food sales fell back well below their year-earlier level.


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