BBC News, Reuters and The Telegraph: Duncan Brewer Discusses The UK’s April 2019 Retail Sales

May 24, 2019

Duncan Brewer, retail partner, discussed the UK’s April 2019 retail sales figures and the reasons behind the overall numbers neither increasing nor decreasing from March to April.

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) figures showed that sales continued to grow in spring, despite Brexit uncertainties and supported by a strong labour market. Duncan explained that the good weather conditions over Easter meant that consumers “went out and spent money over the sunny holiday period."

Speaking to the BBC, Duncan said that the sales figures contrasted to the ongoing "bad news from our ailing High Streets, which continue to be challenged by the shift to online. Retail used to be simple: consumers went to stores, browsed products, then bought what they wanted."

Duncan told The Telegraph that the rise of online meant retailers faced greater competition to attract consumers' cash. "The new kids on the block are winning," he said.

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