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Retail sales fell again in December as a Christmas shopping spree failed to materialise. Monthly retail sales volumes fell by 0.6% in December, the fifth month in a row without growth, the Office for National Statistics said . Food stores were hard hit, with the quantity bought falling by the biggest amount since December 2016. "Anecdotal evidence from a number of stores stated that goods did not sell as well as expected," the ONS said. The latest figures are published as UK High Streets continue to face tough trading conditions, with big chains such as Mothercare and Thomas Cook going bust in recent months. Trading statements for the Christmas season from the country's biggest supermarke... Full story

17 January