Stores maintain majority of retail sales despite store closures
Despite stores being closed furniture and flooring retailers managed to keep the drop in retail sales below 20% in January.
Initial figures from ONS show that average weekly sales for furniture and lighting dropped by 13.08% to £37,340,000.
This is the lowest January performance since 2015.
For flooring retailers, sales dropped by 16.48% to an average weekly spend of £19,194,000.
This is the worst performing January since at least 1986.