Belfast Telegraph

It's a washout - weather hits high street sales

High street retailers reported a greater-than-expected slowdown in sales growth this month, the CBI said, amid poor weather and weak consumer confidence.

A balance of 11% of retailers said sales volumes were higher than a year ago this month, which was a weaker reading than companies had predicted in June.

Businesses also reported higher orders in July, with a balance of 5% reporting growth, but again this was lower than anticipated by the industry, the CBI said.