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UK retail sales suffer record slide as virus shuts shops

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LONDON: Retail sales slumped a record 5.1 percent in Britain last month as a coronavirus lockdown shut clothes and other stores, offsetting surges in food and alcohol purchases and online buying, official data showed.Food stores, among the few allowed to remain open during the government’s lockdown introduced on March 23, saw record sales growth of 10.4 percent last month from February.

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly changed everything as leaders across the globe battle COVID-19 from spreading as well as helping navigate the damage to the economy.

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