UK retail sales plunge at record rate as lockdown hits

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Few people venture out to a shopping centre in Brixton, London

UK retail sales fell a record 5.1% in March as many stores shut up shop in the face of the coronavirus lockdown.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the steepest sales fall since it started collecting the data in 1996.

Food and online shopping rose, and alcohol…


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