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On-line sales figures up in June

Online sales of goods for parcel delivery jumped in June compared with the same time last year, despite modest growth in the retail sector as a whole, new figures have shown.

The latest retails sales monitor study, published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and accountant KPMG, showed non-food non-store purchases - internet, mail-order and phone - were 11.5 per cent higher than a year ago, compared with 10.4 per cent in May.

Overall, retail sales were up 1.5 per cent in June, with food sales growth slowing down and non-food picking up a little, mainly as a result of summer clearance sales.

Stephen Robertson, BRC director-general, said: "Given June's spate of shop closure announcements and weak company results, these figures are not as bad as they could have been but it shows just how tough times are when total sales growth of 1.5 per cent is regarded as not that bad."

His comments come after several high street stores announced likely staff cuts in the coming months, including Habitat, Jane Norman and TJ Hughes.

Source : my Hermes

12 July 2011
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