High streets hit by weather washout

Press Association
File photo dated 22/12/12 of shoppers brave the wind and rain. Britain's under-pressure high streets suffered a washout last month as monthly retail sales fell for the first time in nearly a year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 11, 2014. Like-for-like sales dropped by 1% in February compared to the same period in 2013, as poor weather took its toll on town centre stores, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. Web commerce continued to gather pace, with online non-food sales up 14.3%. But the impact of discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl helped drag down the overall figure. See PA story ECONOMY Retail. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/12/12 of shoppers brave the wind and rain. Britain's under-pressure high streets suffered a washout last month as monthly retail sales fell for the first time in nearly a year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 11, 2014. Like-for-like sales dropped by 1% in February compared to the same period in 2013, as poor weather took its toll on town centre stores, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. Web commerce continued to gather pace, with online non-food sales up 14.3%. But the impact of discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl helped drag down the overall figure. See PA story ECONOMY Retail. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Britain's under-pressure high streets suffered a washout last month as monthly retail sales fell for the first time in nearly a year.

Like-for-like sales dropped by 1% in February compared to the same period in 2013, as poor weather took its toll on town centre stores, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG.