David McCorquodale, head of retail at accountants KPMG, who sponsored today's retail sales survey by the British Retail Consortium said the poor figures show Britain's economic recovery is a "slow, relentless slog".
October was another difficult month for retailers, reminding us that recovery is a slow, relentless slog.
Whilst the summer months hinted at increased consumer confidence, retailers will struggle to maintain a sustained sales recovery until wage growth outpaces price inflation.
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