High street sales slipped in April
Published:  12 May, 2010

LONDON: Sales on the high street fell by 2.3% on a like-for-like basis in April. The awkward timing of Easter in part contributed to the fall. The April trading figures from the British Retail Consortium included Easter Sunday and Monday this year and all of Easter in 2009, said the British Retail Consortium.

Stephen Robertson, director-general of the organisation stated that pre-election uncertainty and consumer caution were also behind the fall. "Although shoppers are generally more willing to spend than they were a year ago, they remain nervous," he said.

"People need to know how a new government plans to tackle the deficit will affect their incomes and jobs. Even if the measures are tough, knowing what they are could be better than the current uncertainty," he commented.

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