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Finance: UK retail sales growth slows to its worst performance in almost 4 years as Brexit inflation hits hard

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  • ONS releases latest data for retail sales in the UK — a key measure of consumer spending.
  • Sales fell on a monthly basis in September, dropping 0.7% compared to the previous month.
  • On an annual basis, the third quarter of 2017 saw the slowest growth in four years.

LONDON — Retail sales in the UK slipped in September, with annual growth slowing to its lowest in around four years, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

On a three-monthly basis, sales grew by 1.5%, the ONS said, marking the worst performance since October 2013.

On a monthly basis sales were down by 0.7% compared to August.

"September’s retail sales saw a monthly decline of 0.8%, reversing August's growth. However, there is a continuation of the underlying trend of steady growth in sales volumes following a weak start to the year, and a background of generally rising prices," Kate Davies, a senior statistician at the ONS said.

"These increased costs are reflected in the more rapid growth in the amount spent when compared with the quantity bought."

"The underlying pattern in the retail industry is one of growth," the ONS said in its release, noting that on a three-month by three-month basis, sales grew by 0.6%.

Here's the chart of retail sales over the longer term:

Prices continued to rise in September, the ONS said, reflecting growing inflation thanks to the increased cost of importing goods, brought on by the depreciation of the pound since the Brexit vote.

"Store prices continue to rise across all store types and are at their highest year-on-year price growth since March 2012 at 3.3%," the ONS' release said.

Consumer price inflation (CPI) hit 3% in September, its highest level since early 2012, the ONS said earlier in the week.

CPI measures the weighted average of prices of a basket of goods and services, such as food, transportation, and medical care.

The pound dropped a little on the data, falling to a loss of around 0.4% against the dollar on the day as of 10.00 a.m. BST (5.00 a.m. ET), as the chart below illustrates:

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