UK retail sales plummet in December as Omicron sweeps nation

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The proportion of retail sales online has risen to 26.6%
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The proportion of retail sales online has risen to 26.6%

UK retail sales plummeted in December, with the amount of goods sold in stores and online falling 3.7% from November, compared to a decrease of just 0.6% predicted by economists.

The Office for National Statistics said that the decrease was driven by a 7.1% drop in sales at non-food stores, while fuel sales fell 4.7% as working from home caused reduced travel. Food store sales...

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