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Retail sales across Great Britain have fallen unexpectedly in May as the reopening of hospitality venues hit spending at food shops, and online.

Retail sales volumes declined by 1.4% between April and May 2021, new figures show, following the latest easing of lockdown restrictions which allows people to eat indoors in restaurants and pubs again.

That follows a very strong April, when retail sales surged by 9.2% as the reopening of non-essential shops during April saw people racing back to the high street.

UK retail sales in May Photograph: ONS

Economists had forecast retail sales growth of 1.6% in May. But instead, it appears that the reopening of indoor hospitality hit sales at food and drink vendors – as people took the opportunity to eat and drink out again.

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