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Stores maintain majority of retail sales despite store closures

ClosedsignDespite 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.