UK retail sales slump in September as inflation and wage woes bite

Supermarkets and petrol stations hardest hit as lacklustre pay growth and rising inflation dent spending power

High street shops suffered a sales slump in September as the impact of rising inflation and sluggish wage growth dented consumer spending power.

Official figures showed that the amount of goods bought by consumers fell 0.8% in September from the previous month, setting the UK on course for a period of slow growth in the run-up to Christmas.

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