U.K. retail sales in May were down 1.6 percent on May 2008, and 0.6 percent down on April, according to figures from the U.K.'s Office of National Statistics.
Month-on-month, predominantly non-food stores saw a decrease of 1.4 percent, with textiles, clothing and footwear stores down by 1.9 percent and non-specialized stores down by 1.8 percent. Predominantly food stores saw sales rise by 0.3 percent, compared with April.
The year-on-year figures show that predominantly food stores in May 2009 fell by 1.3 percent compared to May 2008. Predominantly non-food stores were down 3 percent.
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